Definition of lurk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lurk

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//lɜːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɜːrk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lurk
    BrE BrE//lɜːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɜːrk//
     
    he / she / it lurks
    BrE BrE//lɜːks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɜːrks//
     
    past simple lurked
    BrE BrE//lɜːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɜːrkt//
     
    past participle lurked
    BrE BrE//lɜːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɜːrkt//
     
    -ing form lurking
    BrE BrE//ˈlɜːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɜːrkɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to wait somewhere secretly, especially because you are going to do something bad or illegal synonym skulk Why are you lurking around outside my house? A crocodile was lurking just below the surface.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) when something unpleasant or dangerous lurks, it is present but not in an obvious way At night, danger lurks in these streets.
  3. 3[intransitive] (computing) to read a discussion in a chat room, etc. on the Internet, without taking part in it yourself See related entries: Using the Internet
  4. Word Origin Middle English: perhaps from lour + the frequentative suffix -k (as in talk). Extra examplesI felt sure that someone was lurking among the trees. I saw a man lurking in the shadows. lurking behind the curtain the darker emotions that lurk beneath the surface the fears still lurking in our minds

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