lurk

verb
\ ˈlərk \
lurked; lurking; lurks

Definition of lurk

intransitive verb

1a : to lie in wait in a place of concealment especially for an evil purpose someone out there lurking in the shadows
b : to move furtively or inconspicuously shall I lurk about this country like a thief?— Henry Fielding
c : to persist in staying the excitement of the first act still lurking in the air— Richard Fletcher Something about the smile lurking on Malfoy's face during the next week made Harry, Ron, and Hermione very nervous.— J. K. Rowling
2a : to be concealed but capable of being discovered specifically : to constitute a latent threat What evil lurks in the hearts of men?
b : to lie hidden Malaria lurked in the marshes.
3 : to read messages without contributing on an Internet discussion forum (see forum sense 1c) (such as a newsgroup or chat room) or social media platform (such as Facebook or Twitter) You can tweet as much as you want or lurk without comment, though consistent tweeting and audience engagement are key to attracting and keeping followers.— Charlotte Abbott

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Other Words from lurk

lurker noun, plural lurkers
a lurker in the shadows A new scam has surfaced on the Internet in which con artists using fake names stage phony conversations about a company's stock. Unsuspecting lurkers—people who read others' conversations but don't participate—think they are privy to a hot stock tip. Playboy

Choose the Right Synonym for lurk

lurk, skulk, slink, sneak mean to behave so as to escape attention. lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent. suspicious men lurking in alleyways skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent. something skulking in the shadows slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention. slunk around the corner sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods. sneaked out early

Examples of lurk in a Sentence

She could tell there was someone out there lurking in the shadows. we caught a glimpse of someone lurking around the corner

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Tightening financial conditions and signs of strain in credit markets have reinvigorated the long-running debate about where another debt crisis might lurk, or if investors’ fears are unfounded. Aaron Kuriloff, WSJ, "Taking Stock of the World’s Debt," 27 Dec. 2018 One potential reason behind this is increased exposure to triggers like dust mites or pet dander that may be lurking in your bedroom, Dr. Casciari says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Wake Up Gasping for Air," 2 Oct. 2018 Economic factors may be lurking behind both indicators here. Christopher Ingraham, chicagotribune.com, "More money, more fitness: Why people in the wealthiest states get more exercise," 5 July 2018 With cartels making today's meth abroad, there's no telling what might be lurking within a stash. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meth, deadlier than ever, could be the 'next phase of drug epidemic'," 3 May 2018 Almost exactly a year ago, 23andMe earned the right to tell people what diseases might be lurking in their DNA. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "23andMe Wants You to Share Even More Health Data," 20 Apr. 2018 From high-heeled platform shoes that warm freezing feet, to ruffled neo-Victorian blouses for lurking under the mistletoe, to minis, trenches, slides, and scrunchies, a pop of plaid can take the chill off gray days. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "How to Make Plaid Look Rad This Season," 25 Dec. 2018 Check out our guide to Windows 10’s best tips, tricks, and tweaks for even more useful tools lurking deep inside the OS. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How Windows 10 will prevent updates from randomly rebooting your PC: machine learning," 26 July 2018 There is no counting the secrets lurking beneath the facade of Westworld, which, honestly, is part of the fun. refinery29.com, "America’s Next Top Model," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lurk

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lurk

Middle English; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait — more at lower

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lurk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lurk

: to be in a hidden place : to wait in a secret or hidden place especially in order to do something wrong or harmful

computers : to read messages written by other people on the Internet in a newsgroup, chat room, etc., without writing any messages yourself

lurk

verb
\ ˈlərk \
lurked; lurking

Kids Definition of lurk

: to hide in or about a place

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