- 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 lurk
Discounting the occasional outbreak among bushmeat hunters, Ebola seems content to lurk.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?
April 5, 2014
Finally, and most importantly, F. Murray Abraham will continue to lurk in the shadows, looking mysterious and bald.‘Homeland’ Is Finally Back On Track with Season 3’s Penultimate Episode, “Big Man in Tehran”
December 9, 2013
Post-war Iraq is unfortunately a fitting example for the reality that might lurk behind one-state visions.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process
Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon
September 25, 2013
In fact, Lew has a well-deserved reputation for homing in on the values that lurk behind the numbers.Will Jack Lew Win the Future?
January 10, 2013
Danger seemed to lurk around every corner, but no one expected it to lurk in our classrooms.Raped by a Teacher: One Woman’s Tragic Past at the Horace Mann School
September 19, 2012
Danger and hurt and death did not lurk everywhere about him.White Fang
A silly etymology—from lateo, to lurk; mentioned also by Virgil.
A dreadful order seemed to lurk in the darkest shadows of life.The Arrow of Gold
The poet speaks to us of one thing, but in this one thing there seems to lurk the secret of all.Poetry for Poetry's Sake
A. C. Bradley
Go soothingly on the grease-mud, as there lurk the skid-demon.Flash-lights from the Seven Seas
William L. Stidger
- 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 lurk
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.