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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 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.
thar
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:31:12 AM

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this meaning must be seriously archaic - you do not lurch in dark corners any more - (except in AE???)

if you use it people will assume you mean the dog!



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MarySM
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 8:39:26 AM
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I thought of a cross-bred dog before I thougt of a prowler.
HWNN1961
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 11:23:19 AM
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Lurker is definately the word that seems more appropriate to this definition to me.
RubyMoon
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 12:16:04 PM
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DarkMoon
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 12:47:59 PM

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I would rather think that "lurcher" can derive from the verb "lurch," which means to move unsteadily, to stagger or to totter.

So, maybe the mysterious lurcher in the shadows just zigzagged from the left to the right.
thar
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 2:57:55 PM

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well, the online etymology dictionary cetainly keeps its options open:

lurch (2)
"predicament," 1580s, from M.E. lurch (v.) "to beat in a game of skill (often by a great many points)," mid-14c., probably lit. "to make a complete victory in lorche," a game akin to backgammon, from O.Fr. lourche. The game name is perhaps related to M.E. lurken, lorken "to lie hidden, lie in ambush," or it may be adopted into French from M.H.G. lurz "left," also "wrong."

lurch (1)
"sudden pitch to one side," 1819 (in Byron's "Don Juan"), from earlier lee-larch (1769), a nautical term for "sudden violent roll to leeward which a ship often takes in a high sea," perhaps from Fr. lacher "to let go," from L. laxus (see lax).

lurk
c.1300, lurken "to hide, lie hidden," probably from Scandinavian (cf. dial. Norw. lurka "to sneak away," dial. Swed. lurka "to be slow in one's work"), perhaps ultimately related to M.E. luren "to frown, lurk" (see lower (v.2)).

and from the celtic lurcher website (yes, really - new to me too, and not a known expert source on etymology...):
The name "Lurcher" comes from the ancient Romany words for "lur" meaning thief and "cur" meaning a mixed dog breed.

I prefer to mix them all together...
DarkMoon
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:16:36 PM

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Definitions of "lurcher", two of them are already being discussed, though the latter surprised me:

1. (noun) lurcher - one that lurches or lies in wait; one who watches to pilfer, or to betray or entrap; a poacher;

2. (noun) lurcher - one of a mongrel breed of dogs said to have been a cross between the sheep dog, greyhound, and spaniel. It hunts game silently, by scent, and is often used by poachers;

3. (noun) lurcher - a glutton; a gormandizer.


Thanks a lot for a great and picturesque explanantion, thar. I like a picture from "The Hound of the Baskervilles" with the two people lurking behind a rock. Applause
sacsayhuaman
Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 6:19:00 PM
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