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stalk 1

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.
2. A slender or elongated support or structure, as one that holds up an organ or another body part.

[Middle English, probably diminutive of stale, upright of a ladder, post, handle, from Old English stalu; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

stalk′y adj.

stalk 2

v. stalked, stalk·ing, stalks
1. To pursue or track (prey) stealthily: The lions stalked the zebra from the tall grass.
2. To follow or observe (a person) persistently, especially out of obsession or derangement.
3. To go through (an area) in pursuit of prey or quarry.
1. To walk with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait: stalked off in a huff.
2. To move threateningly or menacingly.
3. To track prey or quarry.

[Middle English stalken, from Old English -stealcian, to move stealthily (in bestealcian).]

stalk′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stalker - someone who walks with long stiff strides
pedestrian, footer, walker - a person who travels by foot
2.stalker - someone who stalks game
hunter, huntsman - someone who hunts game
3.stalker - someone who prowls or sneaks aboutstalker - someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions
interloper, intruder, trespasser - someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
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مُطارِد الطَّرائِد خِلْسَةً
fanatisk tilhænger
מטריד כפייתי
cserkészõ vadász
sezdirmeden ava yaklaşan kimse/hayvan


[ˈstɔːkər] nadmirateur/trice m/f monomaniaque
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(Hunt) → Pirschjäger(in) m(f)
(= pursuer) jd, der die ständige Nähe zu einer von ihm verehrten (meist prominenten) Person sucht oder sie mit Anrufen, Briefen etc belästigt
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(stoːk) verb
1. to walk stiffly and proudly, eg in anger. He stalked out of the room in disgust.
2. to move menacingly through a place. Disease and famine stalk (through) the country.
3. in hunting, to move gradually as close as possible to game, eg deer, trying to remain hidden. Have you ever stalked deer / been deer-stalking?
ˈstalker noun
a person who stalks game.
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