lurch Definition

  • 1an abrupt uncontrolled movement
  • 2to make an abrupt uncontrolled movement
  • 3to stagger or sway

Using lurch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "lurch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The boat lurched violently in the storm.

  • Example

    He lurched forward and grabbed her arm.

  • Example

    She lurched to the side and nearly fell.

  • Example

    The car lurched to a stop at the red light.

lurch Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for lurch

Idioms Using lurch

  • a lurch in one's stomach

    a sudden feeling of nausea or discomfort in the stomach


    The rollercoaster ride gave me a lurch in my stomach.

  • lurch and reel

    to move unsteadily or in a zigzag pattern


    The drunk man lurched and reeled down the street, bumping into people and objects.

  • to make a sudden and forceful movement forward


    The football player lurched forward and tackled the opposing player.

Phrases with lurch

  • to suddenly move or tilt to one side


    The ship lurched to one side as the wave hit it.

  • abandoned or left without assistance in a difficult situation


    After the company went bankrupt, all of its employees were left in the lurch.

  • an unsteady or unstable way of walking


    The injured man had a lurching gait as he made his way down the street.

Origins of lurch

origin unknown, possibly from Middle English 'luche', meaning 'to move suddenly'


Summary: lurch in Brief

'Lurch' [lɜːtʃ] refers to an abrupt, uncontrolled movement or to stagger or sway. It can be used as both a verb and a noun, as in 'The boat lurched violently in the storm.' 'Lurch' also appears in phrases like 'left in the lurch,' meaning abandoned in a difficult situation, and idioms like 'a lurch in one's stomach,' indicating a sudden feeling of nausea.

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