skulking


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skulk

 (skŭlk)
intr.v. skulked, skulk·ing, skulks
1. To lie in hiding, as out of cowardice or bad conscience; lurk.
2. To move about stealthily.
3. To evade work or obligation; shirk.
n.
A group of foxes.

[Middle English skulken, of Scandinavian origin.]

skulk′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skulking - evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitatedskulking - evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated; "they developed a test to detect malingering"
dodging, escape, evasion - nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
References in classic literature ?
whispered the scout, lowering his tall form into a crouching attitude, like a panther about to take his leap; "God send it be a tardy Frencher, skulking for plunder.
I find it hovering in the dining-room, skulking in the parlor, hiding in the hall, lying in wait for me on the stairs.
most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas.
The "nigger" in him went shrinking and skulking here and there and yonder, and fancying it saw suspicion and maybe detection in all faces, tones, and gestures.
I didn't set eyes on her for as much as a minute altogether; and there I have been hanging about the place till after nightfall on the chance of seeing her again -- skulking, I should have called it, if I had found one of my men doing what I have been doing myself.
If ghos'es want me to believe in 'em, let 'em leave off skulking i' the dark and i' lone places--let 'em come where there's company and candles.
I would send a shaft after the skulking villain that should spare him the labour of a long journey.
You'd be as rich as kings if you could find it, and you know it's here, and you stand there skulking.
He walked fast, hunted by his fears, chattering to himself, skulking through the less frequented thoroughfares, counting the minutes that still divided him from midnight.
Since then he had been skulking along towards Maybury, in the hope of getting out of danger Londonward.
These skulking visitors would keep about the purlieus of the camp until daylight; when, on the first stir of life among the sleepers, they would scamper off until they reached some rising ground, where they would take their seats, and keep a sharp and hungry watch upon every movement.
For the first time that morning I perceived Cesar stretched out full length on the deck near the foremast and wondered where he had been skulking till then.