Definition of lurk
1a : to lie in wait in a place of concealment especially for an evil purpose someone out there lurking in the shadowsb : to move furtively or inconspicuously shall I lurk about this country like a thief? — Henry Fieldingc : to persist in staying the excitement of the first act still lurking in the air Richard Fletcher
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.
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
Origin and Etymology of lurk
Middle English; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait — more at lower
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of lurk
LURK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lurk for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of lurk for Students
: to hide in or about a place
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