- To lurk is defined as to hang around a place and stay hidden, often in a threatening manner.
- 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 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: Middle English lurken, akin to louren (see lower), Norwegian lurka, to sneak off
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intransitive verb lurked, lurk·ing, lurks
- To lie in wait, as in ambush.
- To move furtively; sneak.
- 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: Middle English lurken, possibly of Scandinavian origin.
- lurkˈing·ly adverb
lurk - Computer Definition
To view the interaction in a chat room or online forum without participating by typing in any comments. See de-lurk.
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