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lurk

[lurk] /lɜrk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to lie or wait in concealment, as a person in ambush; remain in or around a place secretly or furtively.
2.
to go furtively; slink; steal.
3.
to exist unperceived or unsuspected.
4.
Chiefly Computers. to read or observe an ongoing discussion without participating in it, as in an Internet newsgroup.
noun, Australian Informal.
5.
an underhand scheme; dodge.
6.
an easy, somewhat lazy or unethical way of earning a living, performing a task, etc.
7.
a hideout.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English lurken, frequentative of lower2; compare Norwegian lurka to sneak away
Related forms
lurker, noun
lurkingly, adverb
unlurking, adjective
Synonyms
1. Lurk, skulk, sneak, prowl suggest avoiding observation, often because of a sinister purpose. To lurk is to lie in wait for someone or to hide about a place, often without motion, for periods of time. Skulk suggests cowardliness and stealth of movement. Sneak emphasizes the attempt to avoid being seen. It has connotations of slinking and of an abject meanness of manner, whether there exists a sinister intent or the desire to avoid punishment for some misdeed. Prowl implies the definite purpose of seeking for prey; it suggests continuous action in roaming or wandering, slowly and quietly but watchfully, as a cat that is hunting mice.
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Examples from the web for lurked
  • Before crocodiles lurked on the water's edge, they bounded after prey on long legs.
  • Thought you had lurked over to troll some other site.
  • True humility alone could discover the snare which lurked under the specious gloss of holy charity.
  • Beneath the laboratory curiosities lurked an explosive idea.
  • Discover a time when tall ships ranged the oceans and creatures lurked in the dark depths.
  • Many useful insights lurked in its vertices, awaiting discovery by inquiring graduate students.
  • But concerns about what lurked on insurers' balance-sheets have probably been overdone.
  • On the other side lurked repression, rigged elections, stifled opinions and a long list of banned books.
  • Hal was alien to his human crew-a red eye, behind which lurked an unfathomable intelligence.
  • Even then, ruthlessness and outright quackery lurked behind the façade.
British Dictionary definitions for lurked

lurk

/lɜːk/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to move stealthily or be concealed, esp for evil purposes
2.
to be present in an unobtrusive way; go unnoticed
3.
to read messages posted on an electronic network without contributing messages oneself
noun
4.
(Austral & NZ, slang) a scheme or stratagem for success
Derived Forms
lurker, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably frequentative of lour; compare Middle Dutch loeren to lie in wait
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Word Origin and History for lurked

lurk

v.

c.1300, lurken "to hide, lie hidden," probably from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian lurka "to sneak away," dialectal Swedish lurka "to be slow in one's work"), perhaps ultimately related to Middle English luren "to frown, lurk" (see lower (v.2)). Related: Lurked; lurking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lurked

lurk

verb
  1. To ride about looking for sex partners; cruise: Me and the boys are going lurken' tonight to pick up some foxy broads (1960s+ Black)
  2. : Lurk: To log onto a bulletin board and read the discussion without participating or making your presence known (1990s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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