Synonyms & Antonyms of lurk

1 to move about in a sly or secret manner
  • we caught a glimpse of someone lurking around the corner

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2 to remain out of sight
  • watch out for snakes lurking in the tall grass

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How is the word lurk distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of lurk are skulk, slink, and sneak. While all these words 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

When might skulk be a better fit than lurk?

Although the words skulk and lurk have much in common, skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent.

something skulking in the shadows

When is slink a more appropriate choice than lurk?

The words slink and lurk can be used in similar contexts, but slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention.

slunk around the corner

Where would sneak be a reasonable alternative to lurk?

While the synonyms sneak and lurk are close in meaning, sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods.

sneaked out early

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The first known use of lurk was in the 14th century

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“Lurk.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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