- To skulk is to try to keep out of sight, moving around in the shadows or otherwise trying not to be noticed.
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: Middle English sculken, probably from Low German schulken, to play truant, or Danish skulke, to skulk
- a person who skulks
- Obsolete a pack (of foxes)
- skulker noun
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intransitive verb skulked, 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.
- One who hides, lurks, or practices evasion.
- A congregation of vermin, especially foxes, or of thieves. See Synonyms at flock1.
Origin: Middle English skulken, of Scandinavian origin.
- skulkˈer noun