Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It was as though the involuntary kiss had lurched him forward into a futurity of misery.

Behind them lurched another man, slinking in the background.

Lionel lurched in, closed the door, and shot home one of its bolts.

He turned, and lurched into the dining-room upon legs that trembled.

He rose somewhat unsteadily, and lurched across to the window.

Overjoyed at the opportunity he lurched his long legs over the threshold.

At every slight movement Knowles lurched heavily on his short leg.

Grammont lurched after him, but I took him by the sleeve and said I had something to say to him.

Then Brenner lurched toward her, his face black with fury, his arm upraised.

Drunken men appeared and lurched into the darkness with cursings and mutterings.


"sudden pitch to one side," 1784, from earlier lee-larches (1765), a nautical term for "the sudden roll which a ship makes to lee-ward in a high sea, when a large wave strikes her, and bears her weather-side violently up, which depresses the other in proportion" ["Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences," London 1765]; perhaps from French lacher "to let go," from Latin laxus (see lax).