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English Dictionary: lurch by the DICT Development Group
7 results for lurch
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an unsteady uneven gait [syn: lurch, stumble, stagger]
  2. a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
  3. abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
    Synonym(s): lurch, pitch, pitching
  4. the act of moving forward suddenly
    Synonym(s): lurch, lunge
  1. walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room"
    Synonym(s): stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen
  2. move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
    Synonym(s): lurch, pitch, shift
  3. move slowly and unsteadily; "The truck lurched down the road"
  4. loiter about, with no apparent aim
    Synonym(s): prowl, lurch
  5. defeat by a lurch
    Synonym(s): lurch, skunk
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lurch \Lurch\, v. i. [L. lurcare, lurcari.]
      To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
               Too far off from great cities, which may hinder
               business; too near them, which lurcheth all provisions,
               and maketh everything dear.                     --Bacon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lurch \Lurch\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lurched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lurch \Lurch\, n. [OF. lourche name of a game; as adj.,
      deceived, embarrassed.]
      1. An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of
            the game of tables.
      2. A double score in cribbage for the winner when his
            adversary has been left in the lurch.
                     Lady --- has cried her eyes out on losing a lurch.
      {To leave one in the lurch}.
            (a) In the game of cribbage, to leave one's adversary so
                  far behind that the game is won before he has scored
            (b) To leave one behind; hence, to abandon, or fail to
                  stand by, a person in a difficulty. --Denham.
                           But though thou'rt of a different church, I will
                           not leave thee in the lurch.         --Hudibras.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lurch \Lurch\, v. i. [A variant of lurk.]
      1. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk.
      2. To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.
                     I . . . am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lurch \Lurch\, v. t.
      1. To leave in the lurch; to cheat. [Obs.]
                     Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant.
      2. To steal; to rob. [Obs.]
                     And in the brunt of seventeen battles since He
                     lurched all swords of the garland.      --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lurch \Lurch\, n. [Cf. W. llerch, llerc, a frisk, a frisking
      backward or forward, a loitering, a lurking, a lurking,
      llercian, llerciaw, to be idle, to frisk; or perh. fr. E.
      lurch to lurk.]
      A sudden roll of a ship to one side, as in heavy weather;
      hence, a swaying or staggering movement to one side, as that
      by a drunken man. Fig.: A sudden and capricious inclination
      of the mind.
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