- to lie or wait in concealment, as a person in ambush; remain in or around a place secretly or furtively.
- to go furtively; slink; steal.
- to exist unperceived or unsuspected.
- Chiefly Computers. to read or observe an ongoing discussion without participating in it, as on a message board.
- an underhand scheme; dodge.
- an easy, somewhat lazy or unethical way of earning a living, performing a task, etc.
- a hideout.
Origin of lurk
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Examples from the Web for lurked
Better to think of it as the creative force that has lurked behind the last 999 of them.Greater Than The Mona Lisa
January 28, 2014
If this comes to pass, the question that has lurked beneath the crisis will rush to the surface: Who or what will fill the vacuum?Sharia Law Coming To Syria
August 28, 2012
King dwells on "the darker city that lurked behind the enlightened one" a bit much for my taste.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
March 5, 2011
And there were caves and crevices in which deep sea fish once had lurked.
That they lurked there either in concealment or in ambush was very plain.The Sea-Hawk
It lurked in the finger that Peter held against the trigger.The Vagrant Duke
It had lurked just beyond his mental grasp for some time now.Shipwreck in the Sky
She lurked in the depths of the house like some kind of spider that shuns attention.The Arrow of Gold
- to move stealthily or be concealed, esp for evil purposes
- to be present in an unobtrusive way; go unnoticed
- to read messages posted on an electronic network without contributing messages oneself
- Australian and NZ slang a scheme or stratagem for success
Word Origin and History for lurked
c.1300, lurken "to hide, lie hidden," probably from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian lurka "to sneak away," dialectal Swedish lurka "to be slow in one's work"), perhaps ultimately related to Middle English luren "to frown, lurk" (see lower (v.2)). Related: Lurked; lurking.