- When you hang around outside someone's home hiding in the bushes, this is an example of lurk.
- When you read an online forum discussion without registering or contributing, this is an example of lurk.
To lurk is defined as to hang around a place and stay hidden, often in a threatening manner.
- to stay hidden, ready to spring out, attack, etc.; lie in wait
- to exist undiscovered or unobserved; be present as a latent or not readily apparent threat
- to move furtively
Origin of lurkMiddle English lurken, akin to louren (see lower), Norwegian lurka, to sneak off
intransitive verblurked, lurk·ing, lurks
- To wait out of view: thieves lurking in the shadows.
- To move furtively; sneak: heard him lurking along the corridor.
- To exist unobserved or unsuspected: danger lurking around every bend.
- To read but not contribute to the discussion in a newsgroup, chatroom, or other online forum.
Origin of lurkMiddle English lurken possibly of Scandinavian origin
(third-person singular simple present lurks, present participle lurking, simple past and past participle lurked)
- The act of lurking.