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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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  • We take turns crouching beside him, posing for snapshots.
  • But crouching geek-to-geek at a workbench, squinting into a puzzling keyhole, the differences didn't matter.
  • You're more likely to pay attention to a crouching tiger or leaping dragon.
  • The robot was built for three levels of crouching, from barely crouching to a deep-seated squat.
  • crouching, he took a few steps into the colony, setting off a frantic chorus of alarm.
  • The imagery of crouching down, concentrating on the ground while the danger moves in from above is chilling.
  • The sound of a rabbit crouching at the edge of his burrow almost made him run.
  • When they are not sleeping, the lads must sit in a crouching posture without moving a muscle.
  • The covey retreated into the brush, some of the birds crouching flat down, while the others walked or ran off among the bushes.
  • There was nothing cruel about crouching in a shelter and letting phenomena slide by: it was ecstasy.
British Dictionary definitions for crouching

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 crouching

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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