- 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 lurker
But no matter how he strove to run down the lurker, he lost him every time.Brothers of Peril
Theodore Goodridge Roberts
But the lurker refused to be caught and darted away into the shadows.The Corner House Girls Among the Gypsies
Grace Brooks Hill
Then he glanced over his shoulder to see if any lurker was watching them.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher
With the mist floating across those openings, it would be easy for a lurker to watch him unseen.The Defiant Agents
Andre Alice Norton
Go thou to thy charge among the piles of the fuel, and see that no lurker remaineth to do injury.The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 lurker
"one who lurks," early 14c., agent noun from lurk (v.).
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.