Definition of lurk in English:


Syllabification: lurk
Pronunciation: /lərk


[no object]
  • 1(Of a person or animal) be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something: a ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness
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    • He kept toward the centre of the street-like corridors and avoided getting too close to the alleys, who knew what predator lurked in the darkness?
    • In the case of the Kalundu killing, the assailants must have been lurking in the vicinity waiting for their victim.
    • A grove of crotons became a magical jungle where snakes and other exotic creatures lurked, waiting to pounce.
    skulk, loiter, lie in wait, lie low, hide, conceal oneself, take cover, keep out of sight
  • 1.1(Of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat: fear lurks beneath the surface (as adjective lurking) he lives with a lurking fear of exposure as a fraud
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    • ‘What an appetite you have,’ my sister said with acidity lurking beneath her fake sweetness.
    • Neither Wheaton nor Fu deals directly with the issue of the noisiness in house prices, although it lurks beneath the surface of Fu's model.
    • While quality is my priority, quantity is always lurking close behind, lingering like an embarrassed little brother.
  • 1.2 informal Read the postings on an Internet message board or in a chat room without making any contribution oneself.
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    • They don't read blogs, lurk in chatrooms or give much weight to professional media critics.
    • The world is full of very lonely people, and it's safe to assume that a lot of people lurking and talking in online chat rooms are among them.
    • I lurk on SIG listservs and go to SIG websites to get a picture of the issues being brought forward and discussed.


Middle English: perhaps from lour + the frequentative suffix -k (as in talk).

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