lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent.
suspicious men lurking in alleyways
skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent.
something skulking in the shadows
slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention.
slunk around the corner
sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods.
sneaked out early
Examples of lurk in a Sentence
She could tell there was someone out there lurking in the shadows.
we caught a glimpse of someone lurking around the corner
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Middle English; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait — more at lower