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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 on a message board.
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 of lurk
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English lurken, frequentative of lower2; compare Norwegian lurka to sneak away
Related forms
lurker, noun
lurking, noun
lurkingly, adverb
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
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  • No doubt she had been unaware of my identity as his visitor, or she would never dared to have lurked there.

    The Sign of Silence William Le Queux
  • It had lurked just beyond his mental grasp for some time now.

    Shipwreck in the Sky Eando Binder
  • Sometimes I lurked gloomy in a corner, disliking the public display of Helen that the party implied.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • Here and there lurked a crimson bud, ready to catch the floating pollen.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • What dangers have lurked for man and for most wild things in the dark!

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • There lurked about him the impish quality of the whistle that had summoned her.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • How he must have hated women as he lurked in the doubtful ambush of that corner.

    We of the Never-Never Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
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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