lurch·​er ˈlər-chər How to pronounce lurcher (audio)
archaic : a petty thief : pilferer
British : a crossbred dog
especially : one that resembles a greyhound
archaic : one who lurks
also : spy

Examples of lurcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a male cocker spaniel, female cockapoo, male lurcher type, also known as a crossbred hound, and a female terrier type. Megan Marples, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 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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Word History


lurch entry 5

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lurcher was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Lurcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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