What does lurk mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurk, skulkverb

    lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner

  2. loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill aroundverb

    be about

    "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"

  3. ambush, scupper, bushwhack, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in waitverb

    wait in hiding to attack


  1. lurknoun

    The act of lurking.

  2. lurkverb

    To remain concealed in order to ambush

  3. lurkverb

    To remain unobserved

  4. lurkverb

    to hang out or wait around a location, preferably without drawing attention to oneself

  5. lurkverb

    to view an internet forum without posting comments

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lurkverb

    to lie hid; to lie in wait

    Etymology: [OE. lurken, lorken, prob. a dim. from the source of E. lower to frown. See Lower, and cf. Lurch, a sudden roll, Lurch to lurk.]

  2. Lurkverb

    to keep out of sight

    Etymology: [OE. lurken, lorken, prob. a dim. from the source of E. lower to frown. See Lower, and cf. Lurch, a sudden roll, Lurch to lurk.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lurk

    lurk, v.i. to lie in wait: to be concealed.—n. a swindle.—n. Lurk′er.—adj. Lurk′ing, lying hid: keeping out of sight.—n. Lurk′ing-place, a hiding-place. [Scand., Sw. prov. luska.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lurk in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lurk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lurk in a Sentence

  1. Louis D. Brandeis:

    Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

  2. Bill Shuster:

    Sequesters, furloughs, and shut-downs seem to lurk around every corner. We have to re-inject stability into how we fund aviation.

  3. Douglas Hostadter:

    It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order -- and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.

  4. from an official Japanese guide for English-speaking drivers, 1936:

    1. At the rise of the hand of the policeman, stop rapidly. Do not pass him or otherwise disrespect him. 2. If pedestrian obstacle your path, tootle horn melodiously. If he continue to obstacle, tootle horn vigorously and utter vocal warning such as "Hi, Hi." [...] 5. Beware of greasy corner where lurk skid demon. Cease step on, approach slowly, round cautiously, resume step on gradually.

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    an event in which one thing is substituted for another
    • A. humility
    • B. permutation
    • C. directory
    • D. rapture

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