skulks

skulk

[skuhlk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason: The thief skulked in the shadows.
2.
to move in a stealthy manner; slink: The panther skulked through the bush.
3.
British. to shirk duty; malinger.
noun
4.
a person who skulks.
5.
a pack or group of foxes.
6.
Rare. an act or instance of skulking.
Also, sculk.


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

skulker, noun
skulkingly, adverb


1. See lurk.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To skulks
Collins
World English Dictionary
skulk (skʌlk)
 
vb
1.  to move stealthily so as to avoid notice
2.  to lie in hiding; lurk
3.  to shirk duty or evade responsibilities; malinger
 
n
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]
 
'skulker
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

skulk
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature