lurk

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verb \ˈlərk\

Definition of lurk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 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.>

  4. 3 :  to read messages on an Internet discussion forum (see forum 1c) (such as a newsgroup or chat room) without contributing

lurker

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Examples of lurk in a sentence

  1. She could tell there was someone out there lurking in the shadows.

  2. <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, 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>.

LURK Defined for English Language Learners

lurk

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verb \ˈlərk\

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

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verb \ˈlərk\

Definition of lurk for Students

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lurking

  1. :  to hide in or about a place



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