I. verb Etymology: Middle English lorchen, probably alteration of lurken to lurk Date: 15th century intransitive verb dialect chiefly England to loiter about a place furtively ; prowl transitive verb 1. obsolete steal 2. archaic cheat II. noun Etymology: Middle French lourche, adjective, defeated by a lurch, deceived Date: 1598 a decisive defeat in which an opponent wins a game by more than double the defeated player's score especially in cribbage III. transitive verb Date: circa 1651 1. archaic to leave in the lurch 2. to defeat by a lurch (as in cribbage) IV. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1805 1. a sudden roll of a ship to one side 2. an abrupt jerking, swaying, or tipping movement <
the car moved forward with a lurch
; also stagger 2 V. intransitive verb Date: circa 1828 1. to roll or tip abruptly ; pitch 2. to move with a lurch <
suddenly lurched forward
; also stagger <
has lurched from crisis to crisis — Jere Longman

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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