- Stalk is defined as a plant's main stem.
An example of stalk is the stem on which corn grows.
- The definition of stalk is to follow behind someone or behind prey in a harassing or obsessive way.
- An example of stalk is when a cheetah slowly creeps up on a gazelle.
- An example of stalk is when a creepy guy follows around his ex-girlfriend to make sure she isn't dating someone else.
Corn stalks in a field.
stalk definition by Webster's New World
- to walk in a stiff, haughty, or grim manner
- to advance or spread grimly: plague stalks across the land
- to pursue or approach game, an enemy, etc. stealthily, as from cover
- Obsolete to walk or move along stealthily or furtively
Origin: Middle English stalken ; from Old English stealcian (in compound ) ; from stealc, high, steep ; from Indo-European an unverified form stelg- ; from base an unverified form stel-, to place, set up from source still, Classical Greek stellein
- to pursue or approach (game, prey, etc.) stealthily
- to stalk through: terror stalked the streets
- to follow or pursue (another person) persistently in a harassing and, typically, obsessive way
- a slow, stiff, haughty, or grim stride
- the act of stalking game, an enemy, etc.
- any stem or stemlike part, as a slender rod, shaft, or support
- the main stem or axis of a plant
- a lengthened part of a plant on which an organ grows or is supported, as the petiole of a leaf, the peduncle of a flower, etc.
- a lengthened support for an animal organ
- a similar structure supporting a whole animal body, as the peduncle of a goose barnacle
Origin: Middle English stalke, akin to Old English stealc, high, steep ; from Indo-European an unverified form stelg- ; from base an unverified form stel-: see still
stalk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A stem or main axis of a herbaceous plant.b. A stem or similar structure that supports a plant part such as a flower, flower cluster, or leaf.
- A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that holds up an organ or another body part.
Origin: Middle English, probably diminutive of stale, upright of a ladder, post, handle, from Old English stalu; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
- stalkˈy adjective
verb stalked stalked, stalk·ing, stalks verb, intransitive
- To walk with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait: stalked off in a huff.
- To move threateningly or menacingly.
- To track prey or quarry.
- To pursue by tracking stealthily.
- To follow or observe (a person) persistently, especially out of obsession or derangement.
- To go through (an area) in pursuit of prey or quarry.
Origin: Middle English stalken, from Old English -stealcian, to move stealthily (in bestealcian).
- stalkˈer noun
stalk - Medical Definition
stalk - Science Definition
- The main stem of a plant.
- A slender structure that supports a plant part, such as a flower or leaf.
- A slender supporting structure in certain other organisms, such as the reproductive structure in plasmodial slime molds or the part of a mushroom below the cap.
- A slender supporting or connecting part of an animal, such as the eyestalk of a lobster.