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
Recent Examples of lurk from the Web
Locals still report lurking fighters and suspicious packages to the plethora of security forces in the city.
Funnel cloud spotted north of Birmingham Was something more sinister lurking in rain clouds north of Birmingham on Thursday?
Lurking in the background is the Islamic militant group Hamas' continued control of the Gaza Strip.
In a later scene, Hanna is lurking near the chapel where Charlotte died, as per usual, when white flower petals fall from the steeple.
Except for that Ziploc full of ancient goldfish crackers lurking at the bottom.
If that approach had been followed, Sergeant Nulton would have been required to expose himself to what the officers reasonably suspected was a burglar, lurking in the dark office, possibly armed.
After Kansas City police chose that term to characterize four killings dating back to August around a south Kansas City trail system, avid users couldn’t help but wonder who might be lurking in the trees.
CBS Detroit reports mother-of-two Jillian Duke found the enormous arachnid lurking in her toddler's bedroom Wednesday morning.
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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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