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[lurk] /lɜrk/

verb (used without object)
to lie or wait in concealment, as a person in ambush; remain in or around a place secretly or furtively.
to go furtively; slink; steal.
to exist unperceived or unsuspected.
Chiefly Computers. to read or observe an ongoing discussion without participating in it, as on a message board.
noun, Australian Informal.
an underhand scheme; dodge.
an easy, somewhat lazy or unethical way of earning a living, performing a task, etc.
a hideout.
verb (intransitive)
to move stealthily or be concealed, esp for evil purposes
to be present in an unobtrusive way; go unnoticed
to read messages posted on an electronic network without contributing messages oneself
(Austral & NZ, slang) a scheme or stratagem for success

c.1300, lurken “to hide, lie hidden,” probably from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian lurka “to sneak away,” dialectal Swedish lurka “to be slow in one’s work”), perhaps ultimately related to Middle English luren “to frown, lurk” (see lower (v.2)). Related: Lurked; lurking.



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