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[2] 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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