from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To stagger. See Synonyms at blunder.
- intransitive v. To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically: The ship lurched in the storm. The car gave a start and then lurched forward.
- n. A staggering or tottering movement or gait.
- n. An abrupt rolling or pitching.
- n. The losing position of a cribbage player who scores 30 points or less to the winner's 61.
- idiom in the lurch In a difficult or embarrassing position.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sudden or unsteady movement.
- v. To make such a sudden, unsteady movement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
- n. An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
- n. A double score in cribbage for the winner when his adversary has been left in the lurch.
- transitive v. To leave in the lurch; to cheat.
- transitive v. To steal; to rob.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man; to move forward while lurching.
- intransitive v. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk.
- intransitive v. To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie in concealment; lurk; move stealthily.
- To sulk; pout.
- To shift; dodge; play tricks.
- To roll or sway suddenly to one side, or from side to side, as a ship in a heavy sea or a carriage on a rough road.
- To walk with an uneven or shifting gait; stagger: as, he went lurching down the street.
- n. A sudden lateral movement or swaying to one side, as of a ship, a carriage, or a staggering person.
- n. Hence Any sudden or unexpected shift or change of position.
- n. An inclination; disposition; leaning.
- To swallow or devour; eat up; consume.
- n. An old game, the nature of which is unknown.
- n. In cribbage, the position of a player when his opponent has won every point (61 holes) before he himself has made 30 holes; also, the state of the game under these circumstances; a double game.
- n. [⟨ lurch, verb] A cheat; a swindle.
- n. To leave suddenly or unexpectedly in an embarrassing predicament.
- To win a double game in cribbage, piquet, etc.
- To leave in the lurch; disappoint.
- To forestall; rob; swindle; cheat.
- To capture criminally or dishonestly; appropriate; steal.
- To take (game) with a lurcher. See lurcher, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
- v. move abruptly
- v. move slowly and unsteadily
- v. walk as if unable to control one's movements
- n. an unsteady uneven gait
- v. defeat by a lurch
- n. abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
- v. loiter about, with no apparent aim
- n. the act of moving forward suddenly
Perhaps back-formation from Middle English lurching, a total victory at lorche, a kind of game; perhaps akin to lurken, to lurk; see lurk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)