Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “lurch”

See all translations

lurch

verb uk   /lɜːtʃ/ us    /lɝːtʃ/
[I] to move in a way that is not regular or normal, especially making sudden movements backwards or forwards or from side to side: The train lurched forward and some of the people standing fell over. [I + adv/prep] to act or continue in away that is uncontrolled and not regular, often with sudden changes: We seem to lurch from crisis to crisis. She just lurches from one bad relationship to another.

lurch

noun [C] uk   /lɜːtʃ/ us    /lɝːtʃ/
a sudden movement or change that is not smooth or normal: The truck gave a sudden lurch as it was hit by a strong gust of wind. The party's lurch (= sudden change) to the left will lose it a lot of support.
(Definition of lurch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lurch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “lurch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More