lurk


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lurk

 (lûrk)
intr.v. lurked, lurk·ing, lurks
1. To wait out of view: thieves lurking in the shadows.
2. To move furtively; sneak: heard him lurking along the corridor.
3. To exist unobserved or unsuspected: danger lurking around every bend.
4. To read but not contribute to the discussion in a newsgroup, chatroom, or other online forum.

[Middle English lurken, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]

lurk′ing·ly adv.

lurk

(lɜːk)
vb (intr)
1. to move stealthily or be concealed, esp for evil purposes
2. to be present in an unobtrusive way; go unnoticed
3. (Telecommunications) to read messages posted on an electronic network without contributing messages oneself
4. to read messages posted on an electronic network without contributing messages oneself
n
slang Austral and NZ a scheme or stratagem for success
[C13: probably frequentative of lour; compare Middle Dutch loeren to lie in wait]
ˈlurker n

lurk

(lɜrk)

v.i.
1. to lie or wait in concealment, as a person in ambush.
2. to go furtively; slink.
3. to exist unperceived or unsuspected.
4. Chiefly Computers. to observe an ongoing discussion without participating in it.
[1250–1300; frequentative of lower2; compare Norwegian lurka to sneak away]
lurk′er, n.
syn: lurk, skulk, sneak, prowl suggest avoiding observation, often because of a sinister purpose. To lurk is to lie in wait for someone or to move stealthily: The thief lurked in the shadows. skulk has a similar sense, but usu. suggests cowardice or fear: The dog skulked about the house. sneak emphasizes the attempt to avoid being seen or discovered; it suggests a sinister intent or the desire to avoid punishment: The children sneaked out the back way. prowl usu. implies seeking prey or loot; it suggests quiet and watchful roaming: The cat prowled around in search of mice.

lurk


Past participle: lurked
Gerund: lurking

Imperative
lurk
lurk
Present
I lurk
you lurk
he/she/it lurks
we lurk
you lurk
they lurk
Preterite
I lurked
you lurked
he/she/it lurked
we lurked
you lurked
they lurked
Present Continuous
I am lurking
you are lurking
he/she/it is lurking
we are lurking
you are lurking
they are lurking
Present Perfect
I have lurked
you have lurked
he/she/it has lurked
we have lurked
you have lurked
they have lurked
Past Continuous
I was lurking
you were lurking
he/she/it was lurking
we were lurking
you were lurking
they were lurking
Past Perfect
I had lurked
you had lurked
he/she/it had lurked
we had lurked
you had lurked
they had lurked
Future
I will lurk
you will lurk
he/she/it will lurk
we will lurk
you will lurk
they will lurk
Future Perfect
I will have lurked
you will have lurked
he/she/it will have lurked
we will have lurked
you will have lurked
they will have lurked
Future Continuous
I will be lurking
you will be lurking
he/she/it will be lurking
we will be lurking
you will be lurking
they will be lurking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lurking
you have been lurking
he/she/it has been lurking
we have been lurking
you have been lurking
they have been lurking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lurking
you will have been lurking
he/she/it will have been lurking
we will have been lurking
you will have been lurking
they will have been lurking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lurking
you had been lurking
he/she/it had been lurking
we had been lurking
you had been lurking
they had been lurking
Conditional
I would lurk
you would lurk
he/she/it would lurk
we would lurk
you would lurk
they would lurk
Past Conditional
I would have lurked
you would have lurked
he/she/it would have lurked
we would have lurked
you would have lurked
they would have lurked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.lurk - lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
conceal, hide - prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"
2.lurk - be aboutlurk - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
prowl, lurch - loiter about, with no apparent aim
3.lurk - wait in hiding to attacklurk - wait in hiding to attack    
wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

lurk

verb hide, sneak, crouch, prowl, snoop, lie in wait, slink, skulk, conceal yourself, move with stealth, go furtively He thought he saw someone lurking above the chamber during the address.

lurk

verb
To move silently and furtively:
Slang: gumshoe.
Translations
يَكْمُن، يَتَرَصَّد
číhat
ligge på lur
leselkedik
liggja í leyni
tykoti
slēptiesuzglūnēt
pusuya yatmak

lurk

[lɜːk] VI [person] (= lie in wait) → estar al acecho, merodear; (= hide) → estar escondido
I saw him lurking around the buildinglo vi merodeando or al acecho por el edificio
a doubt lurks in my minduna duda persiste en mi mente
danger lurks round every cornerel peligro acecha en cada esquina

lurk

[ˈlɜːrk] vi
[person] (= hide) → se tapir, se cacher (= prowl) → rôder
[threat] → planer; [danger] → menacer
Fascism is always lurking somewhere → La menace du fascisme plane toujours ici ou là.
to have a lurking suspicion that ... → soupçonner vaguement que ...

lurk

vilauern; a nasty suspicion lurked at the back of his minder hegte einen fürchterlichen Verdacht; the fears which still lurk in the unconsciousÄngste, die noch im Unterbewusstsein lauern; a doubt/the thought still lurked in his mindein Zweifel/der Gedanke plagte ihn noch

lurk

[lɜːk] vi (person, hide) → stare in agguato, appostarsi; (creep about) → girare furtivamente; (danger) → stare in agguato; (doubt) → persistere

lurk

(ləːk) verb
to wait in hiding especially with a dishonest or criminal purpose. She saw someone lurking in the shadows.
References in classic literature ?
Whether its sources were disturbed by the depth of the new cellar, or whatever subtler cause might lurk at the bottom, it is certain that the water of Maule's Well, as it continued to be called, grew hard and brackish.
I looked into a certain corner near, half-expecting to see the slim outline of a once dreaded switch which used to lurk there, waiting to leap out imp-like and lace my quivering palm or shrinking neck.
Do you mark those two lines between your eyes; and those thick brows, that, instead of rising arched, sink in the middle; and that couple of black fiends, so deeply buried, who never open their windows boldly, but lurk glinting under them, like devil's spies?
It is one of the intolerable peculiarities of louts that they always lurk.
At times, indeed, Umslopogaas would lurk in the reeds by the river looking at the kraal of Jikiza the Unconquered, and would watch the gates of his kraal, and once as he lurked he saw a man great, broad and hairy, who bore upon his shoulder a shining axe, hafted with the horn of a rhinoceros.
But if within the circuit of these walks In whatsoever shape he lurk, of whom Thou telst, by morrow dawning I shall know.
This relation was confirmed by the Moorish officer who came with us, who, as he said, had lost a servant in that manner: the man certainly fell into the hands of the Galles, who lurk in those dark retreats, cut the throats of the merchants, and carry off their effects.
Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests.
Moving slowly through the trees he kept his eyes over his shoulder, though he no longer neglected the possibilities of other dangers which might lurk on either hand or ahead--his experience with the lioness did not need a repetition to insure the permanency of the lesson it had taught.
If I be sane, then surely it is maddening to think that of all the foul things that lurk in this hateful place the Count is the least dreadful to me, that to him alone I can look for safety, even though this be only whilst I can serve his purpose.
With us it would be as with them, to lurk and watch, to run and hide; the fear and empire of man had passed away.
I felt half his master, because the reality of his nature was now known to me; smile and flatter as he would, I saw his soul lurk behind his smile, and heard in every one of his smooth phrases a voice interpreting their treacherous import.