lurk

verb
\ ˈlərk How to pronounce lurk (audio) \
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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The infection is treated easily with antibiotics, but many people may go years without treatment because the disease lurks undetected within the body without causing symptoms in about three-quarters of those who become infected. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "First chlamydia vaccine tested in humans shows early promise," 12 Aug. 2019 But could other problems be lurking within the chromosomes of our remaining Holsteins? Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 But could other problems be lurking within the chromosomes of our remaining Holsteins? Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 The 6-foot-10, 253-pound center scored 1.4 points per possession around the basket in 2018-19, placing him in the 96th percentile of NBA players — defenders will no longer be able to key on James knowing Davis is lurking near the paint. Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "After adding Anthony Davis, the Lakers are NBA title favorites. They shouldn’t be.," 17 June 2019 The 6-foot-10, 253-pound center scored 1.4 points per possession around the basket in 2018-19, placing him in the 96th percentile of NBA players - defenders will no longer be able to key on James knowing Davis is lurking near the paint. Neil Greenberg, courant.com, "After adding Anthony Davis, the Lakers are NBA title favorites. They shouldn’t be.," 17 June 2019 The 6-foot-10, 253-pound center scored 1.4 points per possession around the basket in 2018-19, placing him in the 96th percentile of NBA players - defenders will no longer be able to key on James knowing Davis is lurking near the paint. nola.com, "Lakers favored to win NBA title with Anthony Davis? Not so fast ...," 17 June 2019 There's a high degree of incompetency lurking within the club, and from the outside its almost impossible to pin down exactly where that stems from - though many would slap all the blame on Huw Jenkins. SI.com, "FanView: £30m Worth of Players Out on Loan Shows the Complete Incompetence of Swansea City FC," 29 Jan. 2018 Tales of spirited encounters have passed from generation to generation, leaving some to ponder what lurks within. azcentral, "Real haunted places in metro Phoenix," 5 Oct. 2015

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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 How to pronounce lurk (audio) \
lurked; lurking

Kids Definition of lurk

: to hide in or about a place

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