AskDefine | Define lurch

Dictionary Definition



1 an unsteady uneven gait [syn: 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" [syn: pitch, pitching]
4 the act of moving forward suddenly [syn: lunge]


1 walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room" [syn: stagger, reel, keel, swag, careen]
2 move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left" [syn: pitch, shift]
3 move slowly and unsteadily; "The truck lurched down the road"
4 loiter about, with no apparent aim [syn: prowl]
5 defeat by a lurch [syn: skunk]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Lurch




  1. A sudden or unsteady movement.


sudden or unsteady movement


  1. Make such a movement; stagger.

Extensive Definition

A lurch is a staggering gait. Lurch can also refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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