lurk

lurk vb Lurk, skulk, slink, sneak do not share a common denotation, but they are comparable because the major implication of each word is furtive action intended to escape the attention of others.
To lurk is to lie in wait (as in an ambush); the term sometimes implies only a place of concealment
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his faithful Tom . . . with his young master's mare . . . was lurking in a plantation of firs— Meredith

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around the ends cluster women and children, and outside lurk the boys and girls who are not participating in the dancing— Mead

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but it often also suggests an evil intention, or quiet, stealthy movements, or a readiness to spring upon a victim
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there . . . ugly treasons lurk—Shak.

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if the thought of Rufus-and- Richard-slayers lurking behind trees doesn't bother you— Joseph

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in the lingering shadows of the great war and the unhappy peace some unseen, alien enemy still lurkedHandlin

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To skulk is usually to move furtively but sometimes to lurk; the word carries a stronger implication than the preceding word either of a sinister intention or of cowardice or fear
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disdainful Anger, pallid Fear, and Shame that skulks behind— Gray

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Death . . . is a scavenger, skulks in charnels, and is the dirtiest of fighters— Sullivan

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there, skulking like a shadow through the trees, silent as a burglar, came the trim and handsome Cooper's hawk— Peattie

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To slink is to move stealthily or slyly in order not to attract attention
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like beasts of prey slinking about a campfire— Conrad

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after a while I slunk away out of the great circle of firelight into the thick darkness beyond— Hudson

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To sneak is to get out of or into a place by slinking, or out of a difficulty by methods lacking in straightforwardness or definitely underhanded
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he sneaked out of the house after his parents had gone to bed

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rustlers had a way of sneaking onto ranges and dabbing their own brand on unbranded calves— S. E. Fletcher

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meanly to sneak out of difficulties into which they had proudly strutted— Burke

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Analogous words: *hide, conceal, secrete: ambush, waylay, *surprise
Contrasted words: *appear, emerge, loom

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  • lurk — [lə:k US lə:rk] v [I ] [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from Low German or a Scandinavian language] 1.) to wait somewhere quietly and secretly, usually because you are going to do something wrong lurk in/behind/beneath/around etc ▪ She didn t… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lurk — (l[^u]rk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lurked} (l[^u]rkt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lurking}.] [OE. lurken, lorken, prob. a dim. from the source of E. lower to frown. See {Lower}, and cf. {Lurch}, a sudden roll, {Lurch} to lurk.] 1. To lie hidden; to lie in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • lurk — (v.) c.1300, lurken to hide, lie hidden, probably from Scandinavian (Cf. dial. Norw. lurka to sneak away, dialectal Swed. lurka to be slow in one s work ), perhaps ultimately related to M.E. luren to frown, lurk (see LOWER (Cf. lower) (v.2)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lurk — [lʉrk] vi. [ME lurken, akin to louren (see LOWER2), Norw lurka, to sneak off] 1. to stay hidden, ready to spring out, attack, etc.; lie in wait 2. to exist undiscovered or unobserved; be present as a latent or not readily apparent threat 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • lurk — I verb ambuscade, be stealthy, be unseen, conceal oneself, crouch, delitescere, ensconce oneself, escape detection, escape notice, escape observation, escape recognition, hide, keep out of sight, latere, latitare, lie concealed, lie hidden, lie… …   Law dictionary

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