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[kroos] /krus/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
brisk; lively.
Origin of crouse
1250-1300; Middle English crus, crous fierce, bold, violent < Middle Low German or Frisian krūs crisp; cognate with German kraus
Related forms
crousely, adverb


[krous] /kraʊs/
Russel, 1893–1966, U.S. dramatist. Unabridged
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  • They first took out the brown horse and landed her at the park, Mr crouse holding her behind the boat.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • But about a year after a friend meets him at Gledsmuir merkit as crouse as ever.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • A platform had been built in a field north of the crouse residence and near the railroad.

    Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
  • At this juncture a man with a small boat hove in sight and came so close that Mr. crouse could touch it.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Craske is an East Anglian word for fat, and crouse is used in the north for sprightly, confident.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • At Pine Street Mr. crouse waited for a big boat another hour, and when he finally found one he was shivering with cold.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Then the boys saw the unknown Germans give crouse some money.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
British Dictionary definitions for crouse


(Scot & Northern English, dialect) lively, confident, or saucy
Word Origin
C14 (Scottish and Northern) English: from Middle Low German krūs twisted, curled, confused
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