Definition of stalk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    stalk

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//stɔːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stalk
    BrE BrE//stɔːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːk//
     
    he / she / it stalks
    BrE BrE//stɔːks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːks//
     
    past simple stalked
    BrE BrE//stɔːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːkt//
     
    past participle stalked
    BrE BrE//stɔːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɔːkt//
     
    -ing form stalking
    BrE BrE//ˈstɔːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɔːkɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] stalk (something/somebody) to move slowly and quietly towards an animal or a person, in order to kill, catch or harm it or them The lion was stalking a zebra. He stalked his victim as she walked home, before attacking and robbing her.
  2. 2[transitive] stalk somebody to illegally follow and watch somebody over a long period of time, in a way that is annoying or frightening She claimed that he had been stalking her over a period of three years. He was arrested and accused of stalking the actor over a period of three years. See related entries: Committing crime
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk in an angry or proud way He stalked off without a word. The actress stalked out of a press conference when asked if she had a weight problem. Snatching up her bag, she stalked out of the room.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] stalk (something) to move through a place in an unpleasant or threatening way The gunmen stalked the building, looking for victims. (figurative) Fear stalks the streets of the city at night.
  5. Word Originverb late Old English -stealcian (in bistealcian ‘walk cautiously or stealthily’), of Germanic origin; related to steal.
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