American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To lie in wait, as in ambush.
- v. To move furtively; sneak.
- v. To exist unobserved or unsuspected: danger lurking around every bend.
- v. To read but not contribute to the discussion in a newsgroup, chatroom, or other online forum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie in concealment; hide or keep out of sight, as for ambush or escape; skulk.
- To be latent or undisclosed; be withdrawn from open manifestation; exist unperceived or unsuspected.
- n. A trick of imposture; a swindling artifice; a cunning dodge.
- n. The act of lurking or prowling.
- v. To remain concealed in order to ambush
- v. To remain unobserved
- v. to hang out or wait around a location, preferably without drawing attention to oneself
- v. Internet to view an internet forum without posting comments
- n. The act of lurking.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To lie hidden; to lie in wait.
- v. To keep out of sight.
- v. wait in hiding to attack
- v. be about
- v. lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
- Middle English lurken, possibly of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“There the hot shaft should blast whatever therein lurk'd.”
“Euan gives voice to another reason why people "lurk" - or maybe why they never jump into the community in the first place.”
“Oh, and for those who wanted my full Angel gripes, here they are: hidden behind this seemingly impenetrable cut-tag lurk radioactive spoilers”
“The so-called 1:9:90 principle in Internet culture says that significantly more users "lurk" in a virtual community than actively participate.”
“I'm not sure if I've ever commented before, but I "lurk" often, and I have a question:”
“Many physicians "lurk," which is cyberese for reading a discussion but not participating in it.”
“I enjoy this forum & have never tried to hide but I do "lurk" quite a bit.”
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