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"Lurk" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "acechar", and "stalk" is a noun which is often translated as "el tallo". Learn more about the difference between "lurk" and "stalk" below.
lurk
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to wait menacingly)
a. acechar
The crocodile was lurking in the water, waiting for the right moment to strike.El cocodrilo acechaba en el agua, esperando el momento perfecto para atacar.
The paparazzi lurked outside of the actor's home so they could photograph him.Los paparazzi acechaban frente al hogar del actor para poder fotografiarlo.
b. merodear
I saw a suspicious person lurking around your backyard.Vi a un sospechoso merodeando en tu jardín trasero.
c. estar al acecho
The fox lurked outside of the rabbit hole in the hope of catching its dinner.El zorro estaba al acecho fuera de la madriguera con la esperanza de atrapar algo para cenar.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to be a latent threat)
a. acechar
No matter how safe you think you are, danger is always lurking in the shadows.No importa lo seguro que te creas, el peligro siempre está acechando en las sombras.
3. (computing)
a. espiar
Stop lurking on those message boards and just contribute something already.Deja de espiar por los foros y contribuye algo ya.
b. mirar
I just lurk in the forums to read the crazy theories people have about these characters.Solo miro en los foros para leer las teorías locas que tiene la gente sobre estos personajes.
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stalk(
stak
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (botany)
a. el tallo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Each stalk in a wheat plant ends in a spike.En la planta de trigo, cada tallo remata en una espiga.
b. el troncho
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(leafy vegetables)
Cut off the lettuce stalks before adding it to the salad.Corta los tronchos de la lechuga antes de añadirla a la ensalada.
c. el pedúnculo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The stalk of this particular flower has thorns on it.El pedúnculo de esta flor particular tiene espinas.
2. (automobile) (United Kingdom)
a. la palanca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She pulled the stalk to switch on the headlights.Tiró de la palanca para encender los faros.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to pursue obsessively)
a. acosar
I had to change my phone number because that guy was stalking me.Tuve que cambiar mi número de teléfono porque el tipo ése me estaba acosando.
4. (to hunt)
a. acechar
The cat stalked the pigeon to get closer to its prey before pouncing.El gato acechaba la paloma para acercarse a su presa antes de abalanzarse.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to leave upset; used with "off")
a. irse ofendido
I don't know what I said, but he just stalked off all of a sudden.No sé qué dije, pero se fue ofendido de repente.
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