stalk·​er | \ ˈstȯ-kər How to pronounce stalker (audio) \
plural stalkers

Definition of stalker

1 : a person who stalks : a person who pursues someone obsessively and aggressively to the point of harassment celebrity stalkers In 1990, California was the first state to pass a stalking law that made it a crime to follow, threaten, or harass someone—especially if the stalker threatened violence.George Eighty-seven percent of stalkers are men. Women tend to be victimized by lone male stalkers whom they know, while men are more likely to be stalked by strangers, and half of male victims' stalkers had an accomplice.— Matthew Klein
2 : a person or animal that pursues quarry or prey stealthily a deer stalker Though I catch my share of trout, I do it by being a good stalker and knowing where the fish lie …— Bill Barich Polar bears are superb stalkers, and have a way of suddenly appearing heart-stoppingly close.— John P. Wiley Jr.

First Known Use of stalker

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Stalker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stalker

: a person who closely follows and watches another person for a long period of time in a way that is threatening, dangerous, etc.
: a person who slowly and quietly hunts an animal

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