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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:00:00 AM
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lurcher

(noun) Someone waiting in concealment.

Synonyms: lurker, skulker

Usage: Amanda caught a glimpse of a figure in the shadows of the alleyway and ran in fear of the mysterious lurcher.
Adyl Mouhei
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:36:14 AM

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Daemon wrote:
lurcher

(noun) Someone waiting in concealment.

Synonyms: lurker, skulker

Usage: Amanda caught a glimpse of a figure in the shadows of the alleyway and ran in fear of the mysterious lurcher.
Adder
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:25:43 AM
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I do not know in which "English speaking" country a lurcher is a prowler. In the UK, it is a breed of dog, originally used for hunting. From Wikipedia: "The lurcher is the offspring of a sighthound mated with another breed, most commonly a pastoral breed or a terrier type of dog. Historically a poacher's dog, lurchers in modern times are used as pets, hunting dogs and in racing." The prowler meaning is unknown in the UK - to the best of my knowledge - and I have lived here for 77 years.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:50:44 AM

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It is archaic, although it is unclear where the quote is from.


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lurcher (ˈlɜːtʃə)
n
1. (Breeds) a crossbred hunting dog, usually a greyhound cross with a collie, esp one trained to hunt silently
2. archaic a person who prowls or lurks




Lurk is the normal word - and that always has a k in modern English, as far as I know.

Quote:
From Middle English lurken, from Old Norse lurka (“to sneak away, go slowly”).



Quote:
lurk (v.)
c. 1300, lurken "to hide, lie hidden," probably from Scandinavian (compare dialectal Norwegian lurka "to sneak away," dialectal Swedish lurka "to be slow in one's work"), perhaps ultimately related to Middle English luren "to frown, lurk" (see lower (v.2)). From late 14c. as "move about secretly;" also "escape observation."




KSPavan
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lurcher
Definition: (noun) Someone waiting in concealment.
Synonyms: lurker, skulker
Usage: Amanda caught a glimpse of a figure in the shadows of the alleyway and ran in fear of the mysterious lurcher.
8BooksOfSengathe
Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:18:13 AM

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Daemon wrote:
lurcher

(noun) Someone waiting in concealment.

Synonyms: lurker, skulker

Usage: Amanda caught a glimpse of a figure in the shadows of the alleyway and ran in fear of the mysterious lurcher.





A patron of the supermarket went inside to the
customer service desk to warn them of a lurcher
in the parking lot.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
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(noun) Someone waiting in concealment.
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