lurker

noun
lurk·​er | \ ˈlər-kər How to pronounce lurker (audio) \
plural lurkers

Definition of lurker

1 : one that lies hidden in or as if in ambush a lurker in the shadows It troubled me that there should have been a lurker on the stairs, on that night of all nights in the year …— Charles Dickens
2 : a person who reads messages on an Internet discussion forum or social media platform but does not contribute Online fandom was a world where people were having conversations about the things they loved. For more than a decade, I was listening to the conversations, but I didn't say a word. I was a lurker.— Elizabeth Minkel

First Known Use of lurker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lurker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lurker. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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