- 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 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: fear 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 • informal Read the postings on an Internet message board or in a chat room without making any contribution oneself.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.
Middle English: perhaps from lour + the frequentative suffix -k (as in talk).