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  • n. the act of lurking.

Tagged, not listed. Cynewulf 15:59, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Found a couple of b.g.c quotes. And its in the OED. 1. The action of prowling about. In phrase on the lurk. --Eean 00:44, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Great! Just needs one more. DAVilla 22:24, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
RFVpassed. — Beobach972 00:24, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

'Lurk' with respect to its internet definition.... not so sure it is specifically JUST about FORUMS.... the "internet" definition is more general... to "lurk" is to learn/research/listen/absorb... the commonly used "lurk more" means to simply "try harder, with a better understanding, by researching or educating yourself" the implication goes way beyond forums.... someone who asks questions about ANY SUBJECT on ANY form of internet communication medium (IRC, usenet, proprietary IM, message boards, etc) can be given this response without any loss of meaning or misunderstanding... 11:11, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

I don't think the "English 4chan slang" category should be here. It's much older, in the same Internet sense. Equinox 17:35, 26 July 2014 (UTC)


Lurk < M.E. LURKEN[9], LORKEN[8] from Norse. Cognates are Norwegian LURKA[7] (to sneak away, go slowly); dialectual Swedish LURKA (do anything slowly)[5] and East Frisian LURKEN[6] (to shuffle along). No obvious connection with 'lure'[3]; but also compare Gaelic LORG[6] (trace) and Cornish LERGH[6] (way), from Proto-Celtic root *LORGO-[7]*. While the origin of LURK is Norse[6], all these cognates come from the same Celtic root[6]. Andrew H. Gray 20:38, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

[0] means 'Absolutely not; [1] means 'Exceedingly unlikely'; [2] means 'Very dubious'; [3] means 'Questionable'; [4] means 'Possible'; [5] means 'Probable'; [6] means 'Likely'; [7] means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested; [8] means 'Attested'; [9] means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods.
  • Dr. Ken George KESVA Breton orientated Unified Cornish Dictionary.

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