Lurcher meaning

lûrchər
(chiefly british) A crossbred dog formerly used chiefly by hunters and poachers.
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(archaic) A sneak thief.
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A person that lurches, or lurks.
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A thief; poacher.
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(brit.) A crossbred dog trained to hunt silently.
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A type of crossbreed dog "• a cross between a sighthound and any other breed or the offspring of such crosses.
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(obsolete) A glutton; a gormandizer.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of lurcher

  • Middle English from lorchen to lurk perhaps from lurken lurk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • lurch +"Ž -er. See lurch (“to lurk, lie in wait").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin lurco, lurcho, a glutton. See lurch.

    From Wiktionary