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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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British Dictionary definitions for crouches'

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 crouches'

crouch

v.

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

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