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Etymology 1[edit]

lurch +‎ -er. See lurch (to lurk, lie in wait).


lurcher (plural lurchers)

  1. (obsolete) One who lurks or lies in wait; one who watches in order to rob or betray; a poacher.
  2. A type of crossbreed dog ― a cross between a sighthound and any other breed or the offspring of such crosses.
    • 2009 February 5, Penelope Green, “New Book Offers Knitted Projects for Pets”, New York Times:
      “Since we are both obsessed with our dogs” — Ms. Muir has a whippet; Ms. Osborne, a lurcher — “we thought we’d try pets,” she said.

Etymology 2[edit]

Latin lurco, lurcho, a glutton. See lurch.


lurcher (plural lurchers)

  1. (obsolete) A glutton; a gormandizer.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.