Definitions for: Lurch

[n] abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
[n] an unsteady uneven gait
[n] the act of moving forward suddenly
[v] defeat by a lurch, as in certain card games
[v] loiter about, with no apparent aim
[v] move abruptly
[v] walk as if unable to control one's movements
[v] move slowly and unsteadily; "The truck lurched down the road"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Synonyms: careen, keel, lunge, pitch, pitch, pitching, prowl, reel, shift, skunk, stagger, stagger, stumble, swag

See Also: careen, defeat, footle, gait, go, hang around, lallygag, linger, loaf, locomote, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around, motility, motion, move, move, movement, overcome, rock, sway, tarry, tilt, travel, walk

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