Lurch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |lɜːrtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word lurch
Brit.  |lɜːtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word lurch


- an unsteady uneven gait (syn: stagger, stumble)
- a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
- abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance) (syn: pitch, pitching)
- the act of moving forward suddenly (syn: lunge)


- walk as if unable to control one's movements (syn: careen, keel, reel, stagger, swag)
- move abruptly (syn: pitch, shift)
The ship suddenly lurched to the left
- move slowly and unsteadily
The truck lurched down the road
- loiter about, with no apparent aim (syn: prowl)
- defeat by a lurch (syn: skunk)

Extra examples

Jane has a natural lurch for learning, and it comes easy for her.

Sam hit the gas and the car lurched forward.

He lurched to his feet.

The train gave a violent lurch.

The ship suddenly lurched to the left

The truck lurched down the road

Word forms

I/you/we/they: lurch
he/she/it: lurches
present participle: lurching
past tense: lurched
past participle: lurched
singular: lurch
plural: lurches
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