What does lurch mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurch, stumble, staggernoun

    an unsteady uneven gait

  2. lurchnoun

    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

  3. lurch, pitch, pitchingnoun

    abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

    "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"

  4. lurch, lungeverb

    the act of moving forward suddenly

  5. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careenverb

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  6. lurch, pitch, shiftverb

    move abruptly

    "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

  7. lurchverb

    move slowly and unsteadily

    "The truck lurched down the road"

  8. prowl, lurchverb

    loiter about, with no apparent aim

  9. lurch, skunkverb

    defeat by a lurch


  1. Lurchverb

    To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man; to move forward while lurching.


  1. lurchnoun

    A sudden or unsteady movement.

  2. lurchverb

    To make such a sudden, unsteady movement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lurchnoun

    Etymology: This word is derived by Skinner from l'ourche, a game of draughts, much used, as he says, among the Dutch; ourche he derives from arca; so that, I suppose, those that are loft are left in lorche, in the lurch or box; whence the use of the word.

  2. To Lurchverb

    Etymology: lurcor, Latin.

    Too far off from great cities may hinder business; or too near lurcheth all provisions, and maketh every thing dear. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    He waxed like a sea;
    And, in the brunt of seventeen battles since,
    He lurcht all swords o’ th’ garland. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    God never designed the use of them to be continual; by putting such an emptiness in them, as should so quickly fail and lurch the expectation. Robert South, Sermons.

    This is a sure rule, that will never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant. Robert South, Sermons.

  3. To Lurchverb

    Etymology: loeren, Dutch; or rather from the noun.

    I myself, sometimes leaving the fear of heav’n on my left-hand, and hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch. William Shakespeare.

    While the one was upon wing, the other stood lurching upon the ground, and flew away with the fish. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. lurch

    Lurch refers to an abrupt, uncontrolled movement or staggering, especially of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft. It can also be used to refer to a sudden, unexpected veering off course or change in direction. In broader terms, it can represent a state of confusion, uncertainty, or disorientation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lurchverb

    to swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up

  2. Lurchnoun

    an old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables

  3. Lurchnoun

    a double score in cribbage for the winner when his adversary has been left in the lurch

  4. Lurchverb

    to leave in the lurch; to cheat

  5. Lurchverb

    to steal; to rob

  6. Lurchnoun

    a sudden roll of a ship to one side, as in heavy weather; hence, a swaying or staggering movement to one side, as that by a drunken man. Fig.: A sudden and capricious inclination of the mind

  7. Lurchverb

    to roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man

  8. Lurchverb

    to withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk

  9. Lurchverb

    to dodge; to shift; to play tricks

  10. Etymology: [OF. lourche name of a game; as adj., deceived, embarrassed.]


  1. LURCH

    LURCH is a tool for software design debugging that uses a nondeterministic algorithm to quickly explore the reachable states of a software model. By performing a partial and random search, LURCH looks for faults in the model and reports the pathways leading to the faults.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lurch

    lurch, n. an ancient card-game: in cribbage, the position of the party who has gained every point before the other makes one.—v.t. to overreach: (arch.) to steal.—Leave in the lurch, to leave in a difficult situation without help. [O. Fr. lourche.]

  2. Lurch

    lurch, v.i. to evade by stooping, to lurk: to roll or pitch suddenly to one side (as a ship).—n. a sudden roll of a ship.—n. Lurch′er, a name applied to any dog with a distinct cross of greyhound: one who lies in wait: a glutton. [Lurk.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lurch

    A heavy roll, weather or lee, as occasioned by a sea suddenly striking or receding from the weather-bilge of the vessel.--To be left in the lurch is to be left behind in a case where others make their escape.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LURCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lurch is ranked #113791 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lurch surname appeared 154 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lurch.

    59.7% or 92 total occurrences were White.
    29.2% or 45 total occurrences were Black.
    5.8% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lurch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lurch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lurch in a Sentence

  1. Diane Derzis:

    This was always a very busy clinic. So we realize the numbers of women who are going to be left in the lurch and will have to travel out of state, or continue a pregnancy, or do something themselves. It's the latter that worries you more than anything else. Because there's definitely desperation.

  2. Mariska Hargitay:

    Elliot Stabler is free, and I think Elliot Stabler's got eyes for me, but Olivia Benson is hurt ! I mean, Olivia Benson left me in a lurch for 10 years. She's frightened.

  3. Bruno Araujo:

    Until then we will lurch from crisis to crisis, from outburst to outburst by this authoritarian president.

  4. Comptroller Scott Stringer:

    New York City Bike Share's management of Citi Bike left too many New Yorkers in the lurch, while Citi Bike has become part of our urban landscape, auditors found that the bike sharing program's spotty maintenance, poorly-cleaned bikes and substandard docking stations inconvenienced riders and discouraged growth in the system.

  5. Jason Miller:

    Directionally Biden's liberal policies really scare people, and more are unaware of the crazy leftist lurch Joe Biden's made since the primary, i would expect them to be fully educated on all of it by Election Day though.

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. tingle
    • B. reciprocal
    • C. evangelist
    • D. sheath

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