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crouch

[krouch] /kraʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to stoop or bend low.
2.
to bend close to the ground, as an animal preparing to spring or shrinking with fear.
3.
to bow or stoop servilely; cringe.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bend low.
noun
5.
the act of crouching.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English crouchen, perhaps blend of couchen to lie down (see couch) and croken to crook1
Related forms
croucher, noun
crouchingly, adverb
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Examples for crouched
  • Photographers crouched over it, snap-snapping with their cameras.
  • Stylish teenagers flock to the gleaming mega-mall, watched by shirtless beggars crouched in gutters.
  • Armed soldiers were crouched behind hedges close to the armored vehicles.
  • He started across his lawn crouched over and running.
  • The tabby crouched on the cage's platform is fiercely attentive, as if he's not sure whether he's the hunter or the hunted.
  • crouched as if contemplating a jump it will never get to make, the frog becomes frozen stiff.
  • Their hind legs would be crouched in a pushing or pulling stance.
  • Wearing a small backpack to give body to the body, she must walk crouched over, unable to see.
  • From time to time a living torch would be seen crouched on a window sill and then leaping through the air.
  • Tigers crouched at his feet, and forms of lynxes and spotted panthers played around him.
British Dictionary definitions for crouched

crouch

/kraʊtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to bend low with the limbs pulled up close together, esp (of an animal) in readiness to pounce
2.
(intransitive) to cringe, as in humility or fear
3.
(transitive) to bend (parts of the body), as in humility or fear
noun
4.
the act of stooping or bending
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Old French crochir to become bent like a hook, from croche hook
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Word Origin and History for crouched
crouch
c.1394, probably from O.Fr. crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook."
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