lurch

verb (1)
\ ˈlərch How to pronounce lurch (audio) \
lurched; lurching; lurches

Definition of lurch

 (Entry 1 of 5)

intransitive verb

dialectal, chiefly England : to loiter about a place furtively : prowl

transitive verb

1 obsolete : steal
2 archaic : cheat

lurch

noun (1)

Definition of lurch (Entry 2 of 5)

: 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.

lurch

verb (2)
lurched; lurching; lurches

Definition of lurch (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

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

lurch

noun (2)

Definition of lurch (Entry 4 of 5)

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 sense 2

lurch

verb (3)
lurched; lurching; lurches

Definition of lurch (Entry 5 of 5)

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

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1598, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

circa 1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lurch

Verb (1)

Middle English lorchen, probably alteration of lurken to lurk

Noun (1) and Verb (2)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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lurch

noun
\ ˈlərch How to pronounce lurch (audio) \

Kids Definition of lurch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden swaying, tipping, or jerking movement

lurch

verb
lurched; lurching

Kids Definition of lurch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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