(noun, verb)


1. an unsteady uneven gait

Similar word(s): stagger, stumble

Definition categories: act, gait

2. a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

Definition categories: event, defeat, licking

3. abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

Similar word(s): pitch, pitching

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

4. the act of moving forward suddenly

Similar word(s): lunge

Definition categories: act, motion, move, movement

Sentences with lurch as a noun:

- the lurch of a ship, or of a drunkard


1. walk as if unable to control one's movements

Similar word(s): careen, keel, reel, stagger, swag

Definition categories: motion, walk

2. move abruptly

- The ship suddenly lurched to the left

Similar word(s): pitch, shift

Definition categories: motion, move

3. move slowly and unsteadily

- The truck lurched down the road

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

4. loiter about, with no apparent aim

Similar word(s): prowl

Definition categories: stative, footle, lallygag, linger, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, tarry

5. defeat by a lurch

Similar word(s): skunk

Definition categories: competition, defeat, overcome