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.
- lurker, noun
- lurking, noun
- lurk·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use lurk in a sentence
Christopher Scott Wilson was no shadow-lurker, say some of his friends and classmates.
One of the sawing claws opened and closed, separating the head of the lurker from its body.Plague Ship | Andre Norton
He had recognized the lurker as a former unreliable employe of the Great Northern, discharged at the time of the great strike.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher | Allen Chapman
He retired further into the shade, and silently and slowly drew near the lurker, who stirred not from his place.The Bravo of Venice | Heinrich Zschokke
Sneeze-lurker, a thief who throws snuff in a persons face, and then robs him.The Slang Dictionary | John Camden Hotten
But no matter how he strove to run down the lurker, he lost him every time.Brothers of Peril | Theodore Goodridge Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for lurk
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
- lurker, noun
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