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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, straw, stubblenoun

    material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

  2. stalk, stemnoun

    a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

  3. stalk, stalking, still huntnoun

    a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush

  4. stalk, stalkingnoun

    the act of following prey stealthily

  5. stalk, angry walkverb

    a stiff or threatening gait

  6. stalkverb

    walk stiffly

  7. haunt, stalkverb

    follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

    "her ex-boyfriend stalked her"; "the ghost of her mother haunted her"

  8. stalkverb

    go through (an area) in search of prey

    "stalk the woods for deer"


  1. Stalkverb

    To follow (a person) persistently, with or without attempts to evade detection; as, the paparazzi stalk celebrities to get candid photographs; obsessed fans may stalk their favorite movie stars.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stalknoun

    Etymology: from the verb

    Behind it forth there leapt
    An ugly fiend, more foul than dismal day;
    The which with monstrous stalk behind him stept,
    And ever as he went due watch upon him kept. Fa. Queen.

    Great John Milton next, with high and haughty stalks,
    Unfetter’d in majestick numbers walks. Addison.

    A stock-gillyflower, gently tied on a stick, put into a steep glass full of quicksilver, so that the quicksilver cover it; after five days you will find the flower fresh, and the stalk harder and less flexible than it was. Francis Bacon.

    Small store will serve, where store,
    All seasons, ripe for use hangs on the stalk. John Milton.

    That amber attracts not basil is wholly repugnant unto truth; for if the leaves thereof, or dried stalks, be stripped unto small straws, they arise unto amber, wax, and other electricks, no otherways than those of wheat and rye. Brown.

    Roses unbid, and ev’ry fragrant flow’r,
    Flew from their stalks to strew thy nuptial bow’r. Dryden.

    Viewed with a glass, they appear made up of little bladders, like those in the plume or stalk of a quill. Nehemiah Grew.

  2. To STALKverb

    Etymology: stealcan , Saxon.

    His monstrous enemy
    With sturdy steps came stalking in his sight. Fairy Queen.

    Shall your city call us lord,
    In that behalf which we challeng’d it?
    Or shall we give the signal to our rage,
    And stalk in blood to our possession? William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Unfold th’ eternal door:
    You see before the gate what stalking ghost
    Commands the guard, what sentries keep the post. Dryden.

    Stalks close behind her, like a witch’s fiend
    Pressing to be employ’d. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    They pass their precious hours in plays and sports,
    ’Till death behind came stalking on unseen. Dryden.

    With manly mien he stalk’d along the ground;
    Nor wanted voice bely’d, nor vaunting sound. Dryden.

    Then stalking through the deep
    He fords the ocean, while the topmost wave
    Scarce reaches up his middle side. Addison.

    ’Tis not to stalk about, and draw fresh air
    From time to time. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Vexatious thought still found my flying mind,
    Nor bound by limits, nor to place confin’d;
    Haunted my nights, and terrify’d my days;
    Stalk’d through my gardens, and pursu’d my ways,
    Nor shut from artful bow’r, nor lost in winding maze. Pri.

    Scornful turning from the shore
    My haughty step, I stalk’d the valley o’er. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    The king asked how far it was to a certain town: they said six miles. Half an hour after he asked again: one said six miles and a half. The king alighted out of his coach, and crept under the shoulder of his led horse: and when some asked his majesty what he meant, I must stalk, said he; for yonder town is shy, and flies me. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.


  1. stalk

    In botany, a stalk refers to the main stem of a plant that serves as support for its leaves, flowers, or fruits. In mathematics, particularly in algebraic geometry and algebraic topology, a stalk of a sheaf at a point is all germs at that point. It provides a local information of the sheaf around that point. In general context, stalk can refer to the act of pursuing or approaching someone or something stealthily or the slender attachment or support of a structure or organ in biology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stalknoun

    the stem or main axis of a plant; as, a stalk of wheat, rye, or oats; the stalks of maize or hemp

  2. Stalknoun

    the petiole, pedicel, or peduncle, of a plant

  3. Stalknoun

    that which resembes the stalk of a plant, as the stem of a quill

  4. Stalknoun

    an ornament in the Corinthian capital resembling the stalk of a plant, from which the volutes and helices spring

  5. Stalknoun

    one of the two upright pieces of a ladder

  6. Stalknoun

    a stem or peduncle, as of certain barnacles and crinoids

  7. Stalknoun

    the narrow basal portion of the abdomen of a hymenopterous insect

  8. Stalknoun

    the peduncle of the eyes of decapod crustaceans

  9. Stalknoun

    an iron bar with projections inserted in a core to strengthen it; a core arbor

  10. Stalkverb

    to walk slowly and cautiously; to walk in a stealthy, noiseless manner; -- sometimes used with a reflexive pronoun

  11. Stalkverb

    to walk behind something as a screen, for the purpose of approaching game; to proceed under clover

  12. Stalkverb

    to walk with high and proud steps; usually implying the affectation of dignity, and indicating dislike. The word is used, however, especially by the poets, to express dignity of step

  13. Stalkverb

    to approach under cover of a screen, or by stealth, for the purpose of killing, as game

  14. Stalknoun

    a high, proud, stately step or walk

  15. Etymology: [OE. stalke, fr. AS. stael, stel, a stalk. See Stale a handle, Stall.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stalk

    stawk, n. the stem of a plant: the stem on which a flower or fruit grows: the stem of a quill: the handle of anything, the stem: a tall chimney.—p.adj. Stalked, having a stalk.—adjs. Stalk′-eyed, podophthalmous, as a crustacean; Stalk′less, having no stalk; Stalk′y, hard as a stalk: resembling a stalk. [An extension of A.S. stæl, stel (cf. Ice. stilkr, Dan. stilk); cog. with Ger. stiel, which is allied to, perh. borrowed from, L. stilus, a stake.]

  2. Stalk

    stawk, v.i. to walk as on stilts: to walk with long, slow steps: to walk behind a stalking-horse: to pursue game by approaching behind covers.—v.t. to approach secretly in order to kill, as deer.—n. a stately step: the pursuit of game by stealthy approach.—ns. Stalk′er, one who stalks, as a deer-stalker: a kind of fishing-net: (pl.) the Gradatores; Stalk′ing, the act of approaching game warily or behind a cover; Stalk′ing-horse, a horse behind which a sportsman hides while stalking game: a mask or pretence. [A.S. stælcan, to walk cautiously, stealc, high; Dan. stalke, to walk with long steps.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STALK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stalk is ranked #148347 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stalk surname appeared 111 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stalk.

    61.2% or 68 total occurrences were White.
    22.5% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    9% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    4.5% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stalk in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stalk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of stalk in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Bell:

    The fear and terror continues to stalk the land near where the four bodies were found near the Moore's Ford bridge.

  2. Roger Zelazny:

    I stalk my prison like my own ghost...

  3. English Proverb:

    Danger and delight grow on one stalk.

  4. Superior Court Judge Maryann D'Addezio:

    Mr. Millete, you must not harass, strike, threaten, assault, follow,stalk, molest, destroy or damage critical or real property, disturb theirpeace, keep them under surveillance or block their movements.

  5. Robert Collier:

    First the stalk -- then the roots. First the need -- then the means to satisfy that need. First the nucleus -- then the elements needed for its growth.

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Translations for stalk

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  • مراقبة بتطفلArabic
  • һабаҡBashkir
  • stopovat, šmírovat, vykračovat si, sledovat, stonek, pronásledovatCzech
  • Stängel, Stiel, stolzieren, anpirschen, Holm, einherstolzieren, stalkenGerman
  • κοτσάνι, κυνηγάω, μίσχοςGreek
  • tallo, acosar, acecharSpanish
  • ساقه, ستاکPersian
  • vaania, väijyä, ruoto, kekkalehtia, kaula, runko, varsi, tappi, seuraillaFinnish
  • harceler, traquer, tigeFrench
  • ארבHebrew
  • szár, zaklatás, dölyfösen megy, oson, dölyfösen jár, cserkészHungarian
  • ցողունArmenian
  • kuntit, menguntitIndonesian
  • gamboItalian
  • 付きまとう, 茎, 忍び寄るJapanese
  • 줄기, 그루Korean
  • bistîkKurdish
  • tātā, kaka, tā, whakamokamoka, whakamomokaMāori
  • stengelNorwegian
  • stengel, steel, stalkenDutch
  • stengelNorwegian Nynorsk
  • stalkować, nękać, łodyga, zakradać sięPolish
  • tocaiar, perseguir, haste, taloPortuguese
  • tulpinăRomanian
  • красться, подкрадываться, вышагивать, преследовать, стебельRussian
  • stabljika, пeтeљка, peteljka, стабљикаSerbo-Croatian
  • steblo, stopovať, sledovať, špehovať, zakrádať sa, stonkaSlovak
  • stjälkSwedish
  • ก้านThai

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    A occlusive
    B adscripted
    C aculeate
    D soft-witted

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