To lurk is to creep around, hide out, and wait to attack. Your team’s strategy for winning capture the flag might be to lurk in the bushes for an hour until the opposing side thinks you gave up and went home.

The verb lurk means to move furtively or sneak around, usually while you wait to pounce. Tigers lurk through the jungle, stalking their prey, and creepy characters are always lurking in the shadows in horror movies. Perhaps that's why you'll often hear people describe not-so-safe places by saying that danger lurks at every turn. Other words for lurk include creep, prowl, and snoop.

Definitions of lurk

v lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner

Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

v wait in hiding to attack

ambuscade, ambush, bushwhack, lie in wait, scupper, waylay
Type of:
stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

v be about

footle, hang around, lallygag, linger, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, mess about, mill about, mill around, tarry
lurch, prowl
loiter about, with no apparent aim
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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