intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait — more at lower Date: 14th century 1. a. to lie in wait in a place of concealment especially for an evil purpose b. to move furtively or inconspicuously c. to persist in staying 2. a. to be concealed but capable of being discovered; specifically to constitute a latent threat b. to lie hidden 3. to read messages on an Internet discussion forum (as a newsgroup or chat room) without contributing • lurker noun Synonyms: lurk, skulk, slink, sneak mean to behave so as to escape attention. lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent <
suspicious men lurking in alleyways
. skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent <
something skulking in the shadows
. slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention <
slunk around the corner
. sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods <
sneaked out early

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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