lurch·​er | \ ˈlər-chər How to pronounce lurcher (audio) \

Definition of lurcher

1 archaic : a petty thief : pilferer
2 British : a crossbred dog especially : one that resembles a greyhound
3 archaic : one who lurks also : spy

Examples of lurcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nine-year-old black lurcher canine loves walks, cuddles, and attention. People Staff,, 22 Nov. 2021 The mother, Sorrel, was a lurcher, who lay in a heap of straw in the corner of the barn. Esther Freud, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Lily, a lurcher abandoned and near death, had suffered from malnutrition and mange. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lurcher

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lurcher

lurch entry 5

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“Lurcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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