The burglar skulks around the property first to determine if anyone is home before trying to break in.
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").