lurk

[[t]lɜ͟ː(r)k[/t]]
lurks, lurking, lurked
1) VERB If someone lurks somewhere, they wait there secretly so that they cannot be seen, usually because they intend to do something bad.

He thought he saw someone lurking above the chamber during the address.

2) VERB If something such as a danger, doubt, or fear lurks somewhere, it exists but is not obvious or easily recognized.

Hidden dangers lurk in every family saloon car...

Around every corner lurked doubt and uncertainty.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • lurk — vb Lurk, skulk, slink, sneak do not share a common denotation, but they are comparable because the major implication of each word is furtive action intended to escape the attention of others. To lurk is to lie in wait (as in an ambush); the term… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lurk´er — lurk «lurk», intransitive verb. 1. to stay about without arousing attention; wait out of sight: »A tiger was lurking in the jule outside the village. The spy lurked in the shadows. 2. Figurative. to be hidden; be unsuspected or latent: »A cunning …   Useful english dictionary

  • lurk — [lə:k US lə:rk] v [I ] [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from Low German or a Scandinavian language] 1.) to wait somewhere quietly and secretly, usually because you are going to do something wrong lurk in/behind/beneath/around etc ▪ She didn t… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lurk — (l[^u]rk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lurked} (l[^u]rkt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lurking}.] [OE. lurken, lorken, prob. a dim. from the source of E. lower to frown. See {Lower}, and cf. {Lurch}, a sudden roll, {Lurch} to lurk.] 1. To lie hidden; to lie in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lurk — lurk·ing; lurk; lurk·er; lurk·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • Lurk — may refer to:* A Lurker * Lurk (Dungeons Dragons) * Lurk, a deliberate misspelling of look. * A Myrddraal * Another name for vampires in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin off comic Fray …   Wikipedia

  • lurk — [ lɜrk ] verb intransitive 1. ) to wait, sometimes hiding, in order to frighten, annoy, or attack someone: Why is that woman lurking around? I saw someone lurking in the bushes and ran. 2. ) if something lurks, it is likely to threaten, harm, or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lurk — (v.) c.1300, lurken to hide, lie hidden, probably from Scandinavian (Cf. dial. Norw. lurka to sneak away, dialectal Swed. lurka to be slow in one s work ), perhaps ultimately related to M.E. luren to frown, lurk (see LOWER (Cf. lower) (v.2)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lurk — [lʉrk] vi. [ME lurken, akin to louren (see LOWER2), Norw lurka, to sneak off] 1. to stay hidden, ready to spring out, attack, etc.; lie in wait 2. to exist undiscovered or unobserved; be present as a latent or not readily apparent threat 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • lurk — I verb ambuscade, be stealthy, be unseen, conceal oneself, crouch, delitescere, ensconce oneself, escape detection, escape notice, escape observation, escape recognition, hide, keep out of sight, latere, latitare, lie concealed, lie hidden, lie… …   Law dictionary

  • lurk — [v] hide; move stealthily conceal oneself, creep, crouch, go furtively, gumshoe, lie in wait, prowl, skulk, slide, slink, slip, snake, sneak, snoop, stay hidden, steal, wait; concepts 151,188 Ant. come out …   New thesaurus

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