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1. Chiefly British A crossbred dog formerly used chiefly by hunters and poachers.
2. Archaic A sneak thief.

[Middle English, from lorchen, to lurk, perhaps from lurken; see lurk.]


1. (Breeds) a crossbred hunting dog, usually a greyhound cross with a collie, esp one trained to hunt silently
2. archaic a person who prowls or lurks
[C16: from lurch3]


(ˈlɜr tʃər)

1. a crossbred dog used esp. by poachers.
2. Archaic. a person who lurks or prowls.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lurcher - someone waiting in concealment
waiter - a person who waits or awaits
References in classic literature ?
he ejaculated at the top of his voice to a ragged wolfish-looking dog, a sort of lurcher, half mastiff, half greyhound, which ran limping about as if with the purpose of seconding his master in collecting the refractory grunters; but which, in fact, from misapprehension of the swine-herd's signals, ignorance of his own duty, or malice prepense, only drove them hither and thither, and increased the evil which he seemed to design to remedy.
The old-time poachers in England used to do it with their lurcher dogs.
Sixty or seventy of them, large and small, smooth and shaggy--deer-hound, boar-hound, blood-hound, wolf-hound, mastiff, alaun, talbot, lurcher, terrier, spaniel--snapping, yelling and whining, with score of lolling tongues and waving tails, came surging down the narrow lane which leads from the Twynham kennels to the bank of Avon.
Toby proved to an ugly, long-haired, lop-eared creature, half spaniel and half lurcher, brown-and-white in color, with a very clumsy waddling gait.
A big old lurcher got up slowly from the door-stone, stretching first one hind leg and then the other, and taking Tom's caresses and the presence of Toby, who kept, however, at a respectful distance, with equal indifference.
The Shi Tzu puppies are tan and white in colour, the lurchers have pale gold rough coats and are working dogs.
It also shows what lovely loving dogs lurchers can be and there are lots of abandoned dogs needing forever homes at the Dogs Trust kennels at Darlington and Stray Aid's kennels at Coxhoe.
People are put off by the exercise they think lurchers need, but they don't need too much.
POLICE were yesterday seeking the owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier which caused the death of two lurchers and injured their owner.
Bull-lurchers, a mix of bull terriers and lurchers, are being taken into the countryside to tear to pieces animals such as cats, badgers and foxes RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: "There are a large number of individuals throughout the Wirral, Merseyside and indeed the North West who now have these dogs and are keen to go out into the countryside, usually at night with high powered lamps, which they scan across fields, setting these dogs onto any eye shine that comes back.
The owner of the Lurchers tried to stop the attack at around Staffordshire bull terrier coming across the beach.
I had no idea in which direction she had gone so I locked my three lurchers in the car and returned to the park for a frantic search.