- a crossbred dog used especially by poachers.
- Archaic. a person who lurks or prowls, as a thief or poacher.
Origin of lurcher
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Examples from the Web for lurcher
The lurcher closed in, and drove her thither at tremendous speed.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
At every halt he made they pressed closer upon the “Lurcher.”
But she was interested in Lurcher for his own miserable sake, too.
And poor old Mr. Lurcher is only unfortunate and half-blind.
“I do hope you are keeping off the street this weather, Mr. Lurcher,” she said.
- a crossbred hunting dog, usually a greyhound cross with a collie, esp one trained to hunt silently
- archaic a person who prowls or lurks
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