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stalker

[staw-ker] /ˈstɔ kər/
noun
1.
a person who pursues game, prey, or a person stealthily.
2.
a person who harasses another person, as a former lover, a famous person, etc., in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner:
Hollywood stars often have security guards to keep dangerous stalkers at bay.
Origin
stalk2 (verb) + -er1
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Examples from the web for stalker
  • Early last year, the corporate stalker made his move.
  • The better part of myself becomes eclipsed by the creepy stalker side.
  • The message board stalker is always, by definition, more pathetic than the frequent poster.
  • They were gracious enough to arrange a meal and treat me, without much justification, as a professional equal more than a stalker.
  • But what you could do is send of you biggest stalker fans a copy free.
  • Change the locks on your home and vehicle if you, at any time, gave the stalker a key.
  • Officers called to the scene had no legal right to order the stalker to leave the area.
  • Record all detailed information about each encounter with the stalker.
  • The fear instilled by a stalker is not easily forgotten.
Word Origin and History for stalker
n.

early 15c., "a poacher;" also "one who prowls for purposes of theft" (c.1500), agent noun from stalk (v.1). Meaning "obsessive harasser" is from early 1990s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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