verb[no object, with adverbial of place]
- 1Be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something: a ruthless killer still lurked in the darknessMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat: danger lurks beneath the surface (as adjective lurking) he lives with a lurking fear of exposure as a fraudMore example sentences
- ‘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 [no object] • informal Read the postings in an Internet forum without actively contributing.More example sentences
- 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.
nounAustralian /NZ • informal Back to top
- A profitable stratagem; a dodge or scheme: you’ll soon learn the lurks and perksMore example sentences
- Work towards ending the unfair and unjustified lurks and perks of the career politicians currently in parliament.
- Also recent media reports that federal politicians are planning further entitlements raid on the public purse on top of current lurks and perks they currently enjoy.
- That's a lot of money - but there's also a lot of tax lurks, a lot of business welfare and a lot of lawyers who get paid a lot of money to find loopholes out there.
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- If I ever had a desire to explore Traditionalism, it is completely extinguished every time I encounter a Traditionalist and I imagine there are numerous other lurkers out there who feel the same.
- If you are indeed one of these such silent lurkers… please comment, so I know at least that you're real… even if it's to say how boring I can be, or for me to shut the hell up!
- This is one of the most wonderful things about blogging, that the lovely messages from people in the blogosphere, friends, acquaintances and lurkers say some wonderfully supportive things.
Middle English: perhaps from lour + the frequentative suffix -k (as in talk). The noun is from British slang lurk 'method of fraud'.