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Stalk (plural Stalks)
  1. The longish piece that supports the seed-carrying parts of a plant.


Stalk (third-person singular simple present Stalks, present participle Stalking, simple past and past participle Stalked)

  1. To approach slowly and quietly in order not to be discovered when getting closer.
  2. To (try to) follow or contact someone constantly, often resulting in harassment.


Stalk (plural Stalks)
  1. A particular episode of trying to follow or contact someone.
  2. (of wild animals) A hunt.

Related terms



Stalk (third-person singular simple present Stalks, present participle Stalking, simple past and past participle Stalked)

  1. (intransitive) To walk haughtily.

Adjectives for Stalk

green; juicy; martial; tall; withered.

Verbs for Stalk

attach to—; cast away—; crush—; dry—; gather—; pile—; shake—; sickle—; — bears; —connects; —curves; —s elevate; —juts; —protrudes; —rises; —springs; — supports; —sways; — tangle; —tapers; — waves.

Adverbs for Stalk

dramatically; implacably; grimly; jauntily; nonchalantly; haughtily; stealthily; martially; vigorously; triumphantly; swaggeringly.


Maypole, amble, anthrophore, axis, baluster, balustrade, banister, bar, barge, base, beat, bole, bowl along, bundle, campaign, cane, carpophore, caryatid, caudex, caulicle, caulis, chase, circuit, clump, colonnade, column, couch, course, creep, culm, dado, die, dog, domiciliary visit, drag, dragnet, drive, droop, excursion, expedition, exploration, falcon, flagstaff, flounce, flush, follow, follow a clue, follow the hounds, follow up, foot, footslog, footstalk, forage, fowl, frisk, funicule, funiculus, gait, gallop, go hunting, grand tour, gumshoe, gun, halt, haulm, haunt, hawk, hippety-hop, hitch, hobble, hop, hound, house-search, hunt, hunt down, hunting, jack, jacklight, jaunt, jog, jolt, journey, jump, junket, lay wait, leafstalk, lie in wait, limp, lock step, lumber, lunge, lurch, lurk, mince, mincing steps, newel-post, nightwalk, nose, nose out, outing, pace, package tour, paddle, peacock, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peg, peregrination, perquisition, petiole, petiolule, petiolus, piaffe, piaffer, pier, pilaster, pile, pilgrimage, piling, pillar, pleasure trip, plinth, plod, pole, posse, post, prance, probe, progress, prowl, prowl after, pursue, pussyfoot, queen-post, quest, rack, ransacking, reed, ride to hounds, rod, roll, round trip, rubberneck tour, rummage, run, run down, run to earth, safari, sally, sashay, saunter, scape, scuff, scuffle, scuttle, search, search party, search warrant, search-and-destroy operation, searching, seedstalk, shadow, shaft, shamble, shikar, shoot, shuffle, sidle, single-foot, skip, skulk, slink, slither, slog, slouch, slowness, smell out, sneak, sniff out, socle, spear, spike, spire, sport, staff, stagger, stalking, stamp, stanchion, stand, standard, start, steal, stem, step, stick, still hunt, still-hunt, stipe, stock, stomp, straddle, straggle, straw, stride, stroll, strolling gait, strut, stump, subbase, surbase, swagger, swank, swash, swashbuckle, swing, tail, tigella, tiptoe, tittup, toddle, tongue, totem pole, totter, tour, trace, trace down, track, track down, trail, traipse, tread, trek, trip, trot, trudge, trunk, turn, turning over, upright, velocity, voyage, waddle, walk, wamble, wiggle, wobble


Etymology 1

Middle English stalke, diminutive of stale 'ladder upright, stalk', from Old English stalu 'wooden upright', from Proto-Germanic *stalōn (compare Middle Low German stal, stale 'chair leg'), variant of *steluz, stelōn 'stalk' (compare Old English stela, Dutch steel, German Stiel, Danish stilk), from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (compare Welsh telm 'frond', Ancient Greek stélos 'beam', Old Armenian ստեղն (stełn) 'trunk, stalk').

Etymology 2

Middle English stalken, from Old English -stealcian (as in Old English bestealcian 'to move stealthily', stealcung 'stalking'), from Proto-Germanic *stalkōnan 'to move stealthily' (compare Dutch stelkeren, stolkeren 'to tip-toe, tread carefully', Danish stalke 'to high step, stalk', Norwegian dialectal stalka 'to trudge'), from *stalkaz, stelkaz (compare Old English stealc 'steep', Old Norse stelkr, stjalkr 'knot (bird), red sandpiper'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)telg, *(s)tolg- (compare Middle Irish tolg 'strength', Lithuanian stalgùs 'stiff, defiant, proud').[1]

Alternate etymology connects Proto-Germanic *stalkōjanan 'to stalk, move stealthily', to a frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *stelanan 'to steal'.

Etymology 3

1530, 'to walk haughtily', perhaps from Old English stealc 'steep', from Proto-Germanic *stelkaz, *stalkaz 'high, lofty, steep, stiff'; see above




The translations below need to be checked.






  1. first-person singular present indicative of stalken.
  2. imperative of stalken.

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