Meaning of “lurk” in the English Dictionary

"lurk" in English

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uk /lɜːk/ us /lɝːk/

[ I usually + adv/prep ] to wait or move in a secret way so that you cannot be seen, especially because you are about to attack someone or do something wrong:

Someone was lurking in the shadows.
Why are you lurking around in the hallway?

[ I usually + adv/prep ] (of an unpleasant feeling or quality) to exist although it is not always noticeable:

Danger lurks around every corner.
It seems that old prejudices are still lurking beneath the surface.

[ I ] informal internet & telecoms to spend time in a chat room or on a social media website and read what other people have posted (= written or added) without posting anything yourself

adjective uk /ˈlɜː.kɪŋ/ us /ˈlɝː.kɪŋ/

I have some lurking doubts (= doubts which will not go completely away) about whether Simon is really capable of doing this job.
She said she had a lurking suspicion (= she had a very slight feeling) that he wasn't telling the truth.

(Definition of “lurk” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lurkverb [ I ]

us /lɜrk/

to stay around a place secretly, or to stay hidden, waiting to attack or appear:

When I was four, I was convinced there was a monster lurking in my closet.

(Definition of “lurk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)