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[krouch] /kraʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
to stoop or bend low.
to bend close to the ground, as an animal preparing to spring or shrinking with fear.
to bow or stoop servilely; cringe.
verb (used with object)
to bend low.
the act of crouching.
Origin of crouch
1175-1225; Middle English crouchen, perhaps blend of couchen to lie down (see couch) and croken to crook1
Related forms
croucher, noun
crouchingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crouch
  • Find a low spot or depression and crouch down as low as possible, but don't lie down on the ground.
  • It also stopped every now and then to crouch down on a small berm near an ancient lake.
  • Even though they crouch close to the ground, they still command attention.
  • If it is going high, the goalie stays in his crouch to prevent it from sailing over him.
  • The cats mould themselves to the ground as they crouch or crawl.
  • By instinct they at once know how to crouch down so as to be as inconspicuous as possible.
  • When it encounters a defending soldier, it drops into a crouch and opens its jaws.
  • The farmhouses crouch close to one another, flat-roofed and monotonous, with huge arched doorways for the ox carts.
  • The kneesprung crouch has lost barely a trace of temper.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
British Dictionary definitions for crouch


(intransitive) to bend low with the limbs pulled up close together, esp (of an animal) in readiness to pounce
(intransitive) to cringe, as in humility or fear
(transitive) to bend (parts of the body), as in humility or fear
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 crouch

late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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