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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Main Entry:  skulk1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  one who skulks
Etymology:  Norwegian skulka 'to lurk'
Main Entry:  skulk1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to move stealthily, sneakily; to lurk
Etymology:  Norwegian skulka 'to lurk'
Main Entry:  skulk2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a group of foxes
Etymology:  Norwegian skulka 'to lurk'
Main Entry:  skulk2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to shun or avoid responsibility
Etymology:  Norwegian skulka 'to lurk''s 21st Century Lexicon
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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
Looking sheepish in the face of such unquestionable dignity, the hooligans skulk away.
The thwarted hunters skulk nearby with empty bellies.
They don't carry guns, tail suspects or skulk in alleys.
Skulk into obscurity and never rear your head again.
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