Lurk meaning

lûrk
To stay hidden, ready to spring out, attack, etc.; lie in wait.
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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.

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To exist undiscovered or unobserved; be present as a latent or not readily apparent threat.
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To move furtively.
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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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To remain concealed in order to ambush.
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To remain unobserved.
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To hang out or wait around a location, preferably without drawing attention to oneself.
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(Internet) To view an internet forum without posting comments.
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The act of lurking.
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To wait out of view.

Thieves lurking in the shadows.

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To move furtively; sneak.

Heard him lurking along the corridor.

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To exist unobserved or unsuspected.

Danger lurking around every bend.

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To read but not contribute to the discussion in a newsgroup, chatroom, or other online forum.
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Origin of lurk

  • Middle English lurken possibly of Scandinavian origin

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