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Definition of "skulk" [skulk]

  • To lie in hiding, as out of cowardice or bad conscience; lurk. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move about stealthily. (verb-intransitive)
  • To evade work or obligation; shirk. (verb-intransitive)
  • One who hides, lurks, or practices evasion. (noun)
  • A congregation of vermin, especially foxes, or of thieves. See Synonyms at flock1. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skulk" in a sentence
  • "The word skulk has appeared in 11 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Dec. 18 in the Opinion piece "The Grim Good Cheer of the Irish" by John Banville:"
  • "Learn more about the word "skulk" and see usage examples across a range of subjects on the dictionary."
  • "Mexico's bicentennial tower knew what people were saying, it might slink off and hide if 341 feet of stone could skulk, that is."