lurch

To lurch is to suddenly move — usually forward. If you are on a ship that lurches a lot during a storm, you may find your body lurching in one direction and your stomach going in the opposite one.

The verb lurch can refer to any abrupt movement, but it often has the sense of a sharp turn up, down, or sideways. If you invest in the stock market, you have to be prepared for sudden losses and gains as the stock market can lurch up or down on a whim. The verb also means to make sudden jerking movements when walking, as if you cannot control your movements.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: lurch

1
vn
walk as if unable to control one's movements
an unsteady uneven gait
2
vn
move abruptly
the act of moving forward suddenly
3
nv
a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
defeat by a lurch
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: lurch
1

v walk as if unable to control one's movements

Synonyms:
careen, keel, reel, stagger, swag
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v move slowly and unsteadily

“The truck lurched down the road”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v loiter about, with no apparent aim

n an unsteady uneven gait

Synonyms:
stagger, stumble
Type of:
gait
a person's manner of walking

n abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

Synonyms:
pitch, pitching
Types:
careen, rock, sway, tilt
pitching dangerously to one side
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location
2

v move abruptly

“The ship suddenly lurched to the left”
Synonyms:
pitch, shift
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n the act of moving forward suddenly

Synonyms:
lunge
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another
3

n a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

Type of:
defeat, licking
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

v defeat by a lurch

Synonyms:
skunk
Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over
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