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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Lurkverb

    To lie in wait; to lie hidden; to lie close.

    Etymology: probably lurch and lurk are the same word.

    Far in land a savage nation dwelt,
    That never tasted grace, nor goodness felt;
    But like wild beasts, lurking in loathsome den,
    And flying fast as roebuck through the fen,
    All naked. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Milbrook lurketh between two hills, a village of some eighty houses, and borrowing his name from a mill and little brook running there through. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    They lay not to live by their worke,
    But theevishly loiter and lurke. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

    If sinners entice, consent not; if they say, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent. Prov. i. 11.

    The wife, when danger or dishonour lurks,
    Safest, and seemliest by her husband stays. John Milton.

    The lurking gold upon the fatal tree:
    Then rend it off. John Dryden, Æn.

    The king unseen
    Lurk’d in her hand, and mourn’d his captive queen;
    He springs to vengeance. Alexander Pope.

    I do not lurk in the dark: I am not wholly unknown to the world: I have set my name at length. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lurkverb

    to lie hid; to lie in wait

  2. Lurkverb

    to keep out of sight

  3. 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. 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.

  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. 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.

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