skulker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skulker someone waiting in concealment
    • n skulker someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Skulker One who, or that which, skulks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skulker One who skulks, shrinks, or sneaks, as from danger, duty, or work.
    • n skulker plural In ornithology, specifically, the Latitores.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Skulker one who skulks
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., as in Dan. skulke, to sneak; conn. with Ice. skjöl, cover, hiding-place; also with Eng. scowl.

Usage

In literature:

Lambert tried various expedients for trapping this skulker during a period of two weeks.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
Milo was there, and Milo would see to it that no skulker declined his queen's command.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
I must be up and doing; I must be no skulker in life's battle.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In one word, Thoreau was a skulker.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But I was a skulker in the grain, and found it easier to desert than to oppose you.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
John himself was no skulker in joy.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Other guns were still cracking, trying to clear the skulkers and to hold off the main body.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
With his tomahawk he struck down a skulker.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Several of the "skulkers" lay among these, but a few were in the ranks.
"The Battle of Allatoona, October 5th, 1864" by William Ludlow
Noiselessly the muffled racquettes of the skulker advanced.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
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