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
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.
Lurking in the background of the debate is the memory of violent anti-Danish rallies in predominantly Muslim countries after the Jyllands-Posten daily invited cartoonists to draw the prophet.
The animal was finally brought to the surface again earlier this month when an Australian research vessel discovered one lurking nearly three miles deep.
But a big problem is lurking behind these seemingly innocuous developments: Too many broken things end up in landfills.
The Rock Hill Herald reported state officers nabbed an 8-foot alligator in August 2002 on Lake Wylie, and in 1999, Catawba Nuclear Station employees spotted a 5- to 7-foot alligator lurking in a nearby lagoon.
There's no Ali around to infuriate some and enchant others with his insouciant charm; no Tyson lurking on the fringe marketing menace.
Of course, there are potential legal problems lurking in the shadows.
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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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