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lurk

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lurk

  1. 1 to move about in a sly or secret manner we caught a glimpse of someone lurking around the corner Synonyms of lurk sneak, mooch, mouse, pussyfoot, shirk, skulk, slide, slink, slip, snake, stealWords Related to lurk crawl, creep, edge, inch, worm; ghost, pad, tiptoe

  2. 2 to remain out of sight watch out for snakes lurking in the tall grass Synonyms of lurk hole up, lie, hide, repose, skulkWords Related to lurk slink, sneak; avoid, elude, evadeNear Antonyms of lurk come out, materialize, show up, turn upAntonyms of lurk appear

Synonym Discussion of 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


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