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verb \ˈlərk\

Simple Definition of lurk

  • : to be in a hidden place : to wait in a secret or hidden place especially in order to do something wrong or harmful

  • computers : to read messages written by other people on the Internet in a newsgroup, chat room, etc., without writing any messages yourself

Full Definition of lurk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to lie in wait in a place of concealment especially for an evil purpose b :  to move furtively or inconspicuously c :  to persist in staying

  3. 2 a :  to be concealed but capable of being discovered; specifically :  to constitute a latent threat b :  to lie hidden

  4. 3 :  to read messages on an Internet discussion forum (as a newsgroup or chat room) without contributing

lurk·er noun

Examples of lurk

  1. She could tell there was someone out there lurking in the shadows.

  2. <we caught a glimpse of someone lurking around the corner>

Origin of lurk

Middle English; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait — more at lower

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of lurk

lurk, skulk, slink, sneak mean to behave so as to escape attention. lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent <suspicious men lurking in alleyways>. skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent <something skulking in the shadows>. slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention <slunk around the corner>. sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods <sneaked out early>.

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