WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stalk1 /stɔk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Botanythe stem of a plant.
  2. a shaft or slender supporting part of anything.

stalk2 /stɔk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. Animal Behavior[+ object]
    • to pursue for the purpose of capturing, without being seen or noticed:hunters stalking a deer.
    • to follow (a person) continually, usually to gain attention:celebrities being stalked by unstable fans.
  2. to roam through (an area) without being easily noticed:[+ object]Killers stalked the park at night.
  3. to walk with stiff or proud strides:[no object]stalked angrily out of the room.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stalk1 (stôk),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Botanythe stem or main axis of a plant.
  2. Botanyany slender supporting or connecting part of a plant, as the petiole of a leaf, the peduncle of a flower, or the funicle of an ovule.
  3. Zoologya similar structural part of an animal.
  4. a stem, shaft, or slender supporting part of anything.
  5. Automotivea slender lever, usually mounted on or near the steering wheel, that is used by the driver to control a signal or function:The horn button is on the turn-signal stalk.
stalklike′, adj. 
  • Middle English stalke, apparently equivalent. to Old English stal(u) stave + -k diminutive suffix 1275–1325

stalk2 (stôk),USA pronunciation  v.i. 
  1. Animal Behaviorto pursue or approach prey, quarry, etc., stealthily.
  2. to walk with measured, stiff, or haughty strides:He was so angry he stalked away without saying goodbye.
  3. to proceed in a steady, deliberate, or sinister manner:Famine stalked through the nation.
  4. [Obs.]to walk or go stealthily along.

  1. to pursue (game, a person, etc.) stealthily.
  2. to proceed through (an area) in search of prey or quarry:to stalk the woods for game.
  3. to proceed or spread through in a steady or sinister manner:Disease stalked the land.

  1. an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like:We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
  2. a slow, stiff stride or gait.
stalka•ble, adj. 
stalker, n. 
stalking•ly, adv. 
  • 1250–1300; Middle English stalken (verb, verbal), representing the base of Old English bestealcian to move stealthily, stealcung stalking (gerund, gerundive); akin to steal

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