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skulk

verb

  1. (hide)  to lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    Synonyms: lurk. Type of: hide
  2. (fiddle)  to avoid responsibilities and duties, for example, by pretending to be ill
    Synonyms: malinger. Type of: fiddle
  3. (walk)  to move stealthily
    Type of: walk

Etymology summary

a Scandinavian source, compare Norwegian skulke "to shirk, malinger", Danish...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

skulk | lurk [synonym, sense-specific] | malinger [synonym, sense-specific] | skulker [noun, derived]

to move stealthily so as to avoid notice | to lie in hiding; lurk | to shirk duty or evade responsibilities; malinger | a person who skulks | ... (24 of 438 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/skulk

Merriam-Webster:

skulk [entry 1, verb] | lurk [synonym, sense-specific] | mooch [synonym, sense-specific] | mouse [synonym, sense-specific] | pussyfoot [synonym, sense-specific] | shirk [synonym, sense-specific] | sneak [synonym, sense-specific] | slide [synonym, sense-specific] | slink [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to move in a stealthy or furtive manner | to hide or conceal something (as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with sinister intent ; [British] ... (27 of 133 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/skulk

skulk [entry 2, noun] | lurker [synonym, sense-specific] | sneak [synonym, sense-specific] | skulker [synonym, sense-specific] | slyboots [synonym, sense-specific] | sneaker [synonym, sense-specific] | skunk [similar, sense-specific] | snake [similar, sense-specific] | weasel [similar, sense-specific] | ...

one that skulks | a group of foxes (7 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/skulk show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

skulk | skulker [derived]

keep out of sight, typically with a sinister or cowardly motive | [with adverbial of direction] : move stealthily or furtively | a group of foxes (24 of 95 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/skulk

Random House Dictionary:

skulk | sculk [sense-specific]

to lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. | to move in a stealthy manner; slink. | [British] to shirk duty; malinger. | a person who skulks. ... (27 of 63 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/skulk

American Heritage Dictionary:

skulk | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle] | skulks [3rd-person singular present] | skulker [noun, related]

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, ... (25 of 60 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/skulk

Macmillan British Dictionary:

skulk [intransitive] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle] | skulks [3rd-person singular present]

to move around or to wait somewhere in a secret way, especially because you are going to do something bad (20 of 56 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/skulk

New World Dictionary:

skulk | skulker [noun, related]

to move or lurk about in a stealthy, craven, or sinister manner; slink | [British] to avoid work or responsibility; shirk; malinger | a person who ... (24 of 49 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/skulk

Wiktionary:

skulk | skulks [plural] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle] | skulker [agent noun] | skulkers [agent noun, plural]

a group of foxes | one who skulks; a skulker | to conceal oneself; to hide | to sneak around, sneak about | to shirk; to avoid obligation (24 of 44 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/skulk

Cambridge Dictionary:

skulk

to hide or move around as if trying not to be seen, usually with bad intentions (16 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/skulk

Encarta Dictionary:

skulk | skulks [plural] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle]

to move about in a furtive way | to hide, especially in order to do something sinister | to avoid work or responsibilities | a furtive person, or ... (25 of 82 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734698​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

skulk

First use: early 13th century

Origin: a Scandinavian source, compare Norwegian skulke "to shirk, malinger", Danish skulke "to spare oneself, shirk". Common in Middle English ... (22 of 33 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=skulk

Collins Dictionary:

skulk

First use: 13th century

Origin: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian skulka to lurk, Swedish skolka, Danish skulke to shirk

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/skulk

Oxford Dictionary:

skulk

Origin: Middle English: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian skulka "lurk", and Danish skulke, Swedish skolka "shirk"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/skulk

New World Dictionary:

skulk

Origin: Middle English sculken, probably from Low German schulken, to play truant, or Danish skulke, to skulk

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/skulk

Wiktionary:

skulk | skulks [plural] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle]

Origin: Middle English skulken, of North Germanic origin, compare Danish skulke ("shirk").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/skulk

American Heritage Dictionary:

skulk | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle] | skulks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English skulken, of Scandinavian origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/skulk

Merriam-Webster:

skulk [entry 1, verb]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect skulka to lie in wait, lurk

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/skulk

Encarta Dictionary:

skulk | skulks [plural] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: N Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734698​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

skulk

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "skulk"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/skulk

Macmillan British Dictionary:

skulk [intransitive] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle] | skulks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "skulk"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/skulk

Macmillan American Dictionary:

skulk [intransitive] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle] | skulks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "skulk"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/skulk

Cambridge Dictionary:

skulk

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "skulk"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "skulk"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/skulk

the Free Dictionary:

skulk

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "skulk"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "skulk"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "skulk" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

skulk | skulks [plural] | skulked [past tense] | skulking [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "skulk"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

skulk

Audio: North American pronunciation of "skulk"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=skulk​001 word=skulk

YourDictionary Audio:

skulk

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "skulk" by speech synthesizer

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