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From Middle English skulken, of North Germanic origin; compare Danish skulke (shirk).



skulk (plural skulks)

  1. A group of foxes.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
  2. One who skulks; a skulker.


skulk (third-person singular simple present skulks, present participle skulking, simple past and past participle skulked)

  1. to conceal oneself; to hide
    • Dryden
      Discovered and defeated of your prey, / You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away.
    • 1852, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, chapter 26
      Behind dingy blind and curtain, in upper story and garret, skulking more or less under false names, false hair, false titles, false jewellery, and false histories, a colony of brigands lie in their first sleep.
  2. to sneak around, sneak about
    • 1904, Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Lynching Of Jube Benson
      Fully a dozen of the citizens had seen him hastening toward the woods and noted his skulking air [...]
  3. to shirk; to avoid obligation