- 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[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[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[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. Word Originverb late Old English -stealcian (in bistealcian ‘walk cautiously or stealthily’), of Germanic origin; related to steal.
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