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lurch

verb \ ˈlərch \

Definition of lurch

intransitive verb
dialectal, chiefly England
dialectal, chiefly England :to loiter about a place furtively :prowl
transitive verb
1 obsolete :steal
2 archaic :cheat

Origin and Etymology of lurch

Middle English lorchen, probably alteration of lurken to lurk


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lurch

noun

Definition of lurch

: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
: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

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


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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch

transitive verb
1 archaic :to leave in the lurch
2 :to defeat by a lurch (as in cribbage)

Origin and Etymology of lurch

see 2lurch


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lurch

noun

Definition of lurch

1 :a sudden roll of a ship to one side
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


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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch

intransitive verb
1 :to roll or tip abruptly :pitch
2 :to move with a lurch
  • suddenly lurched forward
; also :stagger
  • has lurched from crisis to crisis
  • —Jere Longman

First Known Use of lurch

circa 1828



LURCH Defined for Kids

1

lurch

noun \ ˈlərch \

Definition of lurch for Students

:a sudden swaying, tipping, or jerking movement

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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch for Students

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


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