Definition of lurker in English:



  • A person who lurks, in particular a user of an Internet message board or chat room who does not participate.

    • ‘The lurkers stay in the background, voyeuristically reading the furious messages that are being hurled around cyberspace, without joining in.’
    • ‘If I ever had a desire to explore Traditionalism, it is completely extinguished every time I encounter a Traditionalist and I imagine there are numerous other lurkers out there who feel the same.’
    • ‘It's how I'd like you lurkers to think of me from now on as you read my wise words.’
    • ‘Too many lurkers make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.’
    • ‘Someone (I think it was Harriet) celebrating their blogday thanked everyone for visiting, including all the lurkers who never comment.’
    • ‘This is one of the most wonderful things about blogging, that the lovely messages from people in the blogosphere, friends, acquaintances and lurkers say some wonderfully supportive things.’
    • ‘Happily, on the Internet, for every person who cannot think, there are usually a dozen quiet lurkers who are watching the discussion and learning.’
    • ‘I know from obsessing about my referrer logs that I have quite a few lurkers - those who visit often but don't comment.’
    • ‘Blog readers are welcome, and I always enjoy meeting my lurkers.’
    • ‘I am more of a lurker than a contributor, but here goes.’
    • ‘Anyway, speak up, I'm really interested in hearing what people think, especially you lurkers at the back.’
    • ‘If you are indeed one of these such silent lurkers… please comment, so I know at least that you're real… even if it's to say how boring I can be, or for me to shut the hell up!’
    • ‘Blog lurkers are perfect examples of observers.’
    • ‘If after a while no one comments, maybe regular commenters could pretend to be lurkers and say that they never comment here because they are in awe of my brilliance, beauty and mad writing skillz.’
    • ‘I do not mind the lurkers, I can totally understand how commenting can be both intimidating and redundant.’
    • ‘I have become one of THOSE people… the non-commenting lurkers.’
    • ‘He is, after all, just a children's writer, and amidst the rarefied snobbery of the publishing world, there will be lurkers determined to dismiss him as a fluke.’
    • ‘We've had priests, ministers, schoolteachers, and Internet lurkers indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced.’
    • ‘I gave her the address considering that she'd probably become another lurker, and that we'd probably see each other around at parties and make small talk, nothing more.’
    • ‘Finally, I get to meet some of my fellow bloggers, and one or two lurkers.’