- 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 lurks
The last six months have been a stark reminder of the brutality that lurks at the boundaries of civilized society.All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 19, 2014
That insight alone should make us aware of what lurks beneath all our anxieties, sexual dread included.Our Bad Romance Obsession Is the Ultimate First World Problem
January 2, 2014
But it turns out that just 63 light years away, there lurks a similarly colored planet.All About HD 189733b, That Other Blue Planet
July 11, 2013
Perhaps Earhart, or her plane, lurks in this spooky atmosphere.Amelia Earhart: New Documentary Searches Underwater for Pilot and Her Plane
August 17, 2012
Again a brilliant movie taking a hold of the myth that lurks around us all the time.William Shatner's 10 Favorite Space Movies
October 10, 2011
It is a danger that lurks and hides in the sources and fountains of power in every state.
The Shadow which lurks in every bridal lamp had become the Spectre of the bedchamber.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
I have tried to show the real danger that lurks in every form of sex-parasitism.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
But there lurks no bribe in the smell and beauty of the flower.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
But in each of us there lurks some particle of the mob spirit, of the mob temperament.The Mirror of the Sea
- 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 lurks
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.