intransitive verb \ˈskəlk\

: to move or hide in a secret way especially because you are planning to do something bad

Full Definition of SKULK

:  to move in a stealthy or furtive manner <skulked into her sister's room>
a :  to hide or conceal something (as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with sinister intent
b chiefly British :  malinger
skulk·er noun

Origin of SKULK

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect skulka to lie in wait, lurk
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to SKULK

Synonym Discussion of SKULK

lurk, skulk, slink, sneak mean to behave so as to escape attention. lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent <suspicious men lurking in alleyways>. skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent <something skulking in the shadows>. slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention <slunk around the corner>. sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods <sneaked out early>.

Rhymes with SKULK



Definition of SKULK

:  one that skulks
:  a group of foxes

First Known Use of SKULK

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, spoor, trawl
SKULK Defined for Kids


verb \ˈskəlk\

Definition of SKULK for Kids

:  to hide or move in a sly or sneaking way <The thief skulked behind a fence.>


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