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lurch

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verb \ˈlərch\

Definition of lurch

dialectal, chiefly England

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to loiter about a place furtively :  prowl

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 obsolete :  steal

  5. 2 archaic :  cheat

Origin and Etymology of lurch

Middle English lorchen, probably alteration of lurken to lurk


First Known Use: 15th century


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lurch

noun

Definition of lurch

  1. :  a decisive defeat in which an opponent wins a game by more than double the defeated player's score especially in cribbage

in the lurch

  1. :  in a vulnerable and unsupported position At the peak of the noonday rush the cashier stalked out and left him in the lurch.

Origin and Etymology of lurch

Medieval French lourche, adjective, defeated by a lurch, deceived


First Known Use: 1598


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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to leave in the lurch

  3. 2 :  to defeat by a lurch (as in cribbage)

Origin and Etymology of lurch

see 2lurch


First Known Use: circa 1651


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lurch

noun

Definition of lurch

  1. 1 :  a sudden roll of a ship to one side

  2. 2 :  an abrupt jerking, swaying, or tipping movement the car moved forward with a lurch; also :  stagger 2

Origin and Etymology of lurch

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1805


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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to roll or tip abruptly :  pitch

  3. 2 :  to move with a lurch suddenly lurched forward; also :  stagger has lurched from crisis to crisis — Jere Longman

Circa 1828

First Known Use of lurch

circa 1828



LURCH Defined for Kids

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lurch

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noun \ˈlərch\

Definition of lurch for Students

  1. :  a sudden swaying, tipping, or jerking movement


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lurch

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verb

Definition of lurch for Students

lurched

;

lurching

  1. :  to move with a sudden swaying, tipping, or jerking motion The boat lurched in rough seas.



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