verb (used without object)
to lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason: The thief skulked in the shadows.
to move in a stealthy manner; slink: The panther skulked through the bush.
British. to shirk duty; malinger.
a person who skulks.
a pack or group of foxes.
Rare. an act or instance of skulking.
Also, sculk.

1175–1225; Middle English < Scandinavian (not in ON); compare Danish, Norwegian skulke, Swedish skolka play hooky

skulker, noun
skulkingly, adverb

1. See lurk. Unabridged
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skulk (skʌlk)
1.  to move stealthily so as to avoid notice
2.  to lie in hiding; lurk
3.  to shirk duty or evade responsibilities; malinger
4.  a person who skulks
5.  obsolete a pack of foxes or other animals that creep about stealthily
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian skulka to lurk, Swedish skolka, Danish skulke to shirk]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from a Scand. source, cf. Norw. skulke "to shirk, malinger," Dan. skulke "to spare oneself, shirk." Common in M.E. but lacking in 15c.-16c. records; possibly reborrowed 17c.
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Example sentences
Their sight and hearing aren't great, so it's easy to sneak up on one skulking
  in the underbrush.
Other contenders, as yet undiscovered, could well be skulking in the dripping
  declivities of this arboreal paradise.
The truth behind the circles is, alas, almost certainly more mundane: skulking
The deer fawns are always skulking about, and are by no means such bold
  inquisitive little creatures as the small antelope are.
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