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 Lily, a lurcher abandoned and near death, had suffered from malnutrition and mange. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "She adopted a starving greyhound. Then she learned about a true rescue hero.," 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

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“Lurcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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