Definition of lurk in English:

lurk

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of place Be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something.

    ‘a ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness’
    • ‘He could feel creatures all around him, lurking, waiting to sink their teeth and claws into his flesh.’
    • ‘The killer could have been lurking in the shadows, watching them.’
    • ‘Until Sasquatch was cornered, Santee would lurk in the background waiting to strike.’
    • ‘Trolling a large lure in mid-river was the undoing of the monster predator that was lurking in the deep section’
    • ‘We cut through open remains of stern cabins, the galley and engine room, working up to the wheelhouse, where a large grouper lurks behind the remains of the steering binnacle.’
    • ‘They planned their attack for when we all came back from Vivienne's funeral, lurking in wait in our respective rooms.’
    • ‘Criminals, terrorists and sexual predators seem to be lurking around every corner.’
    • ‘I guess it's always been there, lurking, waiting for the occasion to show up.’
    • ‘As the name of the bay suggests, tiger sharks lurk nearby, waiting for opportune times to attack.’
    • ‘In the case of the Kalundu killing, the assailants must have been lurking in the vicinity waiting for their victim.’
    • ‘Deer love to play by the sides of the roads, waiting and lurking for the unsuspecting car to travel by.’
    • ‘It was all too easy to imagine one saw the gleam of metal as Rim troops lurked in ambush.’
    • ‘Eyes lurked in the shadows waiting for the right moment to strike.’
    • ‘Whatever it was out there amongst the ferns, he didn't know, but it was lurking, waiting.’
    • ‘They always lurk behind me, waiting with their jaws open, licking their lips.’
    • ‘A grove of crotons became a magical jungle where snakes and other exotic creatures lurked, waiting to pounce.’
    • ‘Men were lurking around here, waiting for a cute lady to walk by.’
    • ‘And the truth was, the photographer might have been lurking about waiting for such a photograph.’
    • ‘He kept toward the centre of the street-like corridors and avoided getting too close to the alleys, who knew what predator lurked in the darkness?’
    • ‘Surprises and plotters lurk along the road ahead waiting to ambush him.’
    skulk, loiter, lie in wait, lie low, hide, conceal oneself, take cover, keep out of sight
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    1. 1.1 (of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat.
      ‘danger lurks beneath the surface’
      • ‘Although depression, anxiety and shame may lurk beneath the surface, what's on the table is usually relationship problems.’
      • ‘Even in the glory days of Hollywood, there was always scandal lurking just beneath the surface.’
      • ‘Neither Wheaton nor Fu deals directly with the issue of the noisiness in house prices, although it lurks beneath the surface of Fu's model.’
      • ‘In a neighbourhood overrun by gang warfare, violence lurks constantly beneath the surface, frequently spilling over to the doorstep of the Macleans' cramped apartment.’
      • ‘It's nice to have that leeway, in case there are any bad days lurking.’
      • ‘It becomes a battle of wills between the cop and the crazy for the life of the girl, although lurking beneath such intimations of horror is a modicum of respect.’
      • ‘And, on the odd occasion, she did get a glimpse of a violent temper lurking beneath the calm surface of his apparent good nature.’
      • ‘Even if voters navigate those dangers, another shoal lurks beneath their bow.’
      • ‘It might also liberate some telling numbers already lurking in file drawers upstairs.’
      • ‘Our personality develops under the shadows of a latent fear lurking behind us always.’
      • ‘A barely seen danger lurks just out of sight, becoming more bold with the approach of night fall.’
      • ‘To outsiders this might appear to be a perfect relationship, but danger can lurk beneath the calm surface.’
      • ‘‘What an appetite you have,’ my sister said with acidity lurking beneath her fake sweetness.’
      • ‘I have to admit that when I first eyed the title of Walker's memoir a measurable amount of suspicion lurked in my heart.’
      • ‘Given the multitude of viruses lurking in animals, it will be impossible to breed germ free ‘donors.’’
      • ‘And after so many years lurking mournfully in the shadows, who could deny Ford the chance to steal some of Daddy's limelight?’
      • ‘While quality is my priority, quantity is always lurking close behind, lingering like an embarrassed little brother.’
      • ‘Incredibly, that's only a third of it; the remainder lurks underneath the earth's surface.’
      • ‘It is frankly difficult not to smell like something, given the plethora of fragrances lurking in every product.’
      • ‘She stopped, sighing and expelling an amount of tension lurking in her body.’
    2. 1.2informal no object Read the postings in an Internet forum without actively contributing.
      • ‘Can anyone recommend good forums for me to lurk around?’
      • ‘The cowardly cyber-stalkers and other anonymous yellow-bellied hatemongers who lurk on the Internet, preying on decent folks, can jolly well lump it.’
      • ‘Here's the idea - lurk around on a few discussion boards and poach some of the good ideas you see there.’
      • ‘In checking my email this morning, i was really disturbed by a message on a mailing list that i lurk.’
      • ‘Tonight she was debating between lurking about chat rooms on the internet or going to a movie.’
      • ‘If you're new to a list, it's a good idea to lurk (read without writing anything back) for a day or two, just to get a feel for the flavor of the list.’
      • ‘We lurked on the email discussion list, posting pointed questions at opportune moments.’
      • ‘I guess Michael Powell has been lurking on some of these community WiFi mailing lists.’
      • ‘I lurk on SIG listservs and go to SIG websites to get a picture of the issues being brought forward and discussed.’
      • ‘They grab tickets en masse for scalpers, lurk in chat rooms to hand out ads, skew recommendation systems, and scrape pricing data.’
      • ‘If you choose to grant yourself the anonymity of a moniker whilst lurking on guestbooks, at least pick something you can live up to.’
      • ‘I spotted this today in one of the many scary pregnancy forums I've been lurking in recently, and it made every hair on my body stand on end.’
      • ‘I suspect that a lot more read the posts and lurk.’
      • ‘They don't read blogs, lurk in chatrooms or give much weight to professional media critics.’
      • ‘He'd link and lurk, and occasionally carefully compose a question, and send the discussion into the group and get an answer.’
      • ‘Many of these were lurking in the Teen chat, or even Schools and Education categories.’
      • ‘The world is full of very lonely people, and it's safe to assume that a lot of people lurking and talking in online chat rooms are among them.’
      • ‘In his spare time he can be found writing at Whitespace and lurking in the CSS Vault.’
      • ‘What I'm gonna do is collect a whole bunch of quotes from a few of the blogs I lurk around and read, and post 'em all here with scant regard to their original context!’
      • ‘FR also has its share of characters, whom you will begin to notice if you lurk long enough.’

noun

Australian, NZ
informal
  • A profitable stratagem; a dodge or scheme.

    ‘you'll soon learn the lurks and perks’
    • ‘It's bread and butter work and a host of other urgers and coat tuggers have now tuned in to the lurk.’
    • ‘Also recent media reports that federal politicians are planning further entitlements raid on the public purse on top of current lurks and perks they currently enjoy.’
    • ‘Advertising can be an enormous lurk for governments to exploit.’
    • ‘That's a lot of money - but there's also a lot of tax lurks, a lot of business welfare and a lot of lawyers who get paid a lot of money to find loopholes out there.’
    • ‘Work towards ending the unfair and unjustified lurks and perks of the career politicians currently in parliament.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from lour + the frequentative suffix -k (as in talk). The noun is from British slang lurk ‘method of fraud’.

Pronunciation

lurk

/ləːk/