April 28, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
lurk /ˈlɚk/ verb
lurk
/ˈlɚk/
verb

lurks; lurked; lurking

The cat is lurking in the grass.
The cat is lurking in the grass.
Learner's definition of LURK

[no object]

1 : to be in a hidden place

  • The cat was lurking [=hiding] behind the sofa.

: to wait in a secret or hidden place especially in order to do something wrong or harmful

  • She could tell there was someone out there lurking in the shadows.

— often used figuratively

  • Trouble lurks around every corner.

  • There is tenderness that lurks underneath his tough appearance.

  • Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

  • The idea had been lurking in her mind for some time.

2 computers : to read messages written by other people on the Internet in a newsgroup, chat room, etc., without writing any messages yourself

— lurker noun, plural lurkers [count]

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