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lurch

verb \ ˈlərch \
lurched; lurching; lurches
dialectal, chiefly England : to loiter about a place furtively : prowl
1 obsolete : steal
2 archaic : cheat

Origin and Etymology of lurch

Middle English lorchen, probably alteration of lurken to lurk

2

lurch

noun
: 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

3

lurch

verb
lurched; lurching; lurches
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
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
lurched; lurching; lurches
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LURCH Defined for Kids

1

lurch

noun \ ˈlərch \
: a sudden swaying, tipping, or jerking movement

2

lurch

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


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