- 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 lurking
I never suspected a jazz singer might be lurking behind the meat suit, or inside the large plexiglass egg.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
It seeks to neuter the criticism of any lurking Paltrow naysayers wishing to transfer their negativity to Lively.Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On
July 23, 2014
Can you imagine Walters, his executive-producing partner, post-May 16, lurking with him behind the cameras?Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
April 8, 2014
They are lurking with only their most trusted confidantes in shadowy corners.‘American Hustle’ Is Overrated
January 28, 2014
Lurking in the wings of course is the deep state, and in particular the military.Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers?
July 1, 2013
And in the low bushes could be discerned the lurking, furtive, shadowy jackals.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
And that lurking vanity of the inferior to lessen his own inferiority did the rest.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The unknown, lurking in the midst of the sticks and moss, was savagely clutching him by the nose.
It was the trap, ever the trap, the fear of it lurking deep in the life of him, woven into the fibre of him.
The mob state of mind is lurking still in the excitable American temperament.The American Mind
- lingering and persistent, though unsuspected or unacknowledgeda lurking suspicion
- dimly perceiveda lurking shape half concealed in the shadows
- 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 lurking
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.