Definition of "lurk" []

  • To lie in wait, as in ambush. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move furtively; sneak. (verb-intransitive)
  • To exist unobserved or unsuspected: danger lurking around every bend. (verb-intransitive)
  • To read but not contribute to the discussion in a newsgroup, chatroom, or other online forum. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move stealthily or be concealed, esp for evil purposes (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be present in an unobtrusive way; go unnoticed (verb)
  • To read messages posted on an electronic network without contributing messages oneself (verb)
  • A scheme or stratagem for success (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lurk" in a sentence
  • "Oh, what horrible perils lie in lurk in the languid fields of Erin Township!"
  • "I have been reading past LJ posts (in lurk-mode because really, who wants comments on entries that are months old?) in a vain attempt to catch up on everything, but I've also been reading my friends list -- and tnh, at making light, has posted a comment about misinformation and the publishing industry."
  • "One of the current topics on the Child-Lit listserv, where I usually lurk, is a discussion "Harry Potter -- Hype or Word Of Mouth," which got me thinking about when I first read HP and its impact on me, personally and professionally."