Definition of lurk in English:


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Pronunciation: /ləːk


[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 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; sneak, sidle, slink, prowl, steal, move furtively, move with stealth
  • 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 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 [no object] informal Read the postings in an Internet forum without actively contributing.
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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.


Australian /NZ informal Back to top  
  • A profitable stratagem; a dodge or scheme: you’ll soon learn the lurks and perks
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    • 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'.

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