[syn: stalk, stalking]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stalk \Stalk\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stalked (st[add]kt); p. pr.
& vb. n. Stalking.] [AS. staelcan, stealcian to go slowly;
cf. stealc high, elevated, Dan. stalke to stalk; probably
akin to 1st stalk.]
1. To walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy,
noiseless manner; -- sometimes used with a reflexive
Into the chamber he stalked him full still.
[Bertran] stalks close behind her, like a witch's
Pressing to be employed. --Dryden.
2. To walk behind something as a screen, for the purpose of
approaching game; to proceed under cover.
The king . . . crept under the shoulder of his led
horse; . . . "I must stalk," said he. --Bacon.
One underneath his horse, to get a shoot doth stalk.
3. To walk with high and proud steps; -- usually implying the
affectation of dignity, and indicating dislike. The word
is used, however, especially by the poets, to express
dignity of step.
With manly mien he stalked along the ground.
Then stalking through the deep,
He fords the ocean. --Addison.
I forbear myself from entering the lists in which he
has long stalked alone and unchallenged. --Merivale.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or
waiting in ambush [syn: stalk, stalking, still hunt]
2: the act of following prey stealthily [syn: stalk,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
65 Moby Thesaurus words for "stalking":
chase, chevy, chivy, clandestine behavior, clandestinity, coursing,
covertness, cynegetics, dogging, domiciliary visit, dragnet,
exploration, falconry, follow, follow-up, following, forage,
fox hunting, frisk, furtiveness, gunning, hawking, house-search,
hue and cry, hunt, hunting, perquisition, posse, probe,
prosecution, prowl, prowling, pursuance, pursuing, pursuit, quest,
ransacking, rummage, search, search party, search warrant,
search-and-destroy operation, searching, seeking, shadowing,
shiftiness, shikar, shooting, slinkiness, slyness, sneakiness,
sport, sporting, stalk, stealth, stealthiness, still hunt,
surreptitiousness, tracking, tracking down, trailing, turning over,
underground activity, underhand dealing, venery