- 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[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[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 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
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//Using the Internet