AskDefine | Define skulking

Dictionary Definition

skulking adj : marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a lurking prowler"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"; "someone skulking in the shadows" [syn: furtive, lurking, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious] n : evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated; "they developed a test to detect malingering" [syn: malingering]

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  1. present participle of skulk

Extensive Definition

Spite is a strong feeling of contempt, hatred, grudge, desire to injure, motivated by envy or perceived suffering of injustice.
Skulking is a term used to refer to reticent behaviour. When applied to humans it often has connotations of malingering or lurking. When not rummaging under bushes, Mr Sculley can often be seen skulking in the woods or prowling along the shore.[Tom Gilling, The Sooterkin]
Applied to animals, skulking tends to indicate reticent unobtrusive behaviour, especially for inhabitants of concealing habitats such as forests and reedbeds. Species described as skulking might include many rails and small birds such as the Knysna Warbler.
"Skulk" is a fanciful or literary name for a group of foxes


See also

skulking in German: Trotz

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

back-door, backstairs, clandestine, covert, cowering, cringing, doggo, feline, furtive, hidden out, hidlings, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, in ambush, in hiding, in the wings, lurking, on tiptoe, privy, prowling, pussyfoot, pussyfooted, quailing, quiet, shifty, slinking, slinky, sly, sneaking, sneaky, stealing, stealthy, surreptitious, under cover, under-the-counter, under-the-table, undercover, underground, underhand, underhanded, unobtrusive, waiting concealed
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