noun \ˈstk\

Definition of STALK

:  a slender upright object or supporting or connecting part; especially :  peduncle
a :  the main stem of an herbaceous plant often with its dependent parts
b :  a part of a plant (as a petiole or stipe) that supports another
stalked \ˈstkt\ adjective
stalk·less \ˈst-kləs\ adjective
stalky \ˈst-kē\ adjective

Origin of STALK

Middle English stalke; akin to Old English stela stalk, support
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with STALK



: to follow (an animal or person that you are hunting or trying to capture) by moving slowly and quietly

: to go through (a place or area) while hunting

: to follow, watch, and bother (someone) constantly in a way that is frightening, dangerous, etc.

Full Definition of STALK

intransitive verb
:  to pursue quarry or prey stealthily
:  to walk stiffly or haughtily
transitive verb
:  to pursue by stalking
:  to go through (an area) in search of prey or quarry <stalk the woods for deer>
:  to pursue obsessively and to the point of harassment
stalk·er noun

Examples of STALK

  1. a movie about a detective being stalked by a killer
  2. This is the time of year when hunters are stalking the woods for deer.
  3. She called the police because her ex-boyfriend was stalking her.
  4. She angrily stalked out of the room.

Origin of STALK

Middle English, from Old English bestealcian; akin to Old English stelan to steal — more at steal
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of STALK

:  the act of stalking
:  a stalking gait

First Known Use of STALK

14th century


noun \ˈstk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STALK

: a slender supporting or connecting part : peduncle <the pituitary stalk>
stalked \ˈstkt\ adjective
stalk·less adjective


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