WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Botanythe stem of a plant.
- a shaft or slender supporting part of anything.
stalk2 /stɔk/USA pronunciation v.
- 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.
- to roam through (an area) without being easily noticed:[~ + object]Killers stalked the park at night.
- to walk with stiff or proud strides:[no object]stalked angrily out of the room.
- Botanythe stem or main axis of a plant.
- 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.
- Zoologya similar structural part of an animal.
- a stem, shaft, or slender supporting part of anything.
- 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.
- Middle English stalke, apparently equivalent. to Old English stal(u) stave + -k diminutive suffix 1275–1325
stalk2 (stôk),USA pronunciation
- Animal Behaviorto pursue or approach prey, quarry, etc., stealthily.
- to walk with measured, stiff, or haughty strides:He was so angry he stalked away without saying goodbye.
- to proceed in a steady, deliberate, or sinister manner:Famine stalked through the nation.
- [Obs.]to walk or go stealthily along.
- to pursue (game, a person, etc.) stealthily.
- to proceed through (an area) in search of prey or quarry:to stalk the woods for game.
- to proceed or spread through in a steady or sinister manner:Disease stalked the land.
- an act or course of stalking quarry, prey, or the like:We shot the mountain goat after a five-hour stalk.
- a slow, stiff stride or gait.
- 1250–1300; Middle English stalken (verb, verbal), representing the base of Old English bestealcian to move stealthily, stealcung stalking (gerund, gerundive); akin to steal