An example of skulk is when you sneak in late and you try to come in quietly so no one notices.
- to move or lurk about in a stealthy, craven, or sinister manner; slink
- Chiefly Brit. to avoid work or responsibility; shirk; malinger
Origin of skulkMiddle English sculken, probably from Low German schulken, to play truant, or Danish skulke, to skulk
- a person who skulks
- Obs. a pack (of foxes)
intransitive verbskulked, skulk·ing, skulks
- To lie in hiding, as out of cowardice or bad conscience; lurk.
- To move about stealthily.
- To evade work or obligation; shirk.
Origin of skulkMiddle English skulken of Scandinavian origin
(third-person singular simple present skulks, present participle skulking, simple past and past participle skulked)
From Middle English skulken, of North Germanic origin, cf. Danish skulke (“shirk").