- Lurch is defined as leaving someone without help or without something you promised or a sudden movement forward or to one side.
- An example of lurch is where you figuratively leave someone when you promise to pick up your friend's kids from school and then call five minutes before the bell and cancel.
- An example of lurch is when someone unexpectedly and rapidly falls forward.
- The definition of lurch is to walk or move unsteadily and without stability.
An example of lurch is when you are intoxicated and stumbling around.
lurch definition by Webster's New World
- to roll, pitch, or sway suddenly forward or to one side
- to stagger
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin: earlier lee-lurch < ?
Origin: Middle English lorchen, variant, variety of lurk
- Archaic to prevent (a person) from getting his fair share of something
- Obsolete to get by cheating, robbing, tricking, etc.
Origin: French lourche, name of a 16th-c. game like backgammon, probably ; from Old French duped ; from Middle Dutch lurz, left (hand), hence unlucky, akin to Middle High German lërz, left, lürzen, to deceive
lurch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb lurched, lurch·ing, lurch·es
- To stagger. See Synonyms at blunder.
- To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically: The ship lurched in the storm. The car gave a start and then lurched forward.
- A staggering or tottering movement or gait.
- An abrupt rolling or pitching.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- lurchˈing·ly adverb
Origin: Perhaps back-formation from Middle English lurching, a total victory at lorche, a kind of game; perhaps akin to lurken, to lurk; see lurk.
lurch - Phrases/Idioms
lie at (or on) the lurch
leave someone in the lurch
in the lurch