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crouch

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verb \ˈkrau̇ch\

Simple Definition of crouch

  • : to lower your body to the ground by bending your legs

  • of an animal : to lie on the stomach close to the ground with the legs bent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crouch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to lower the body stance especially by bending the legs <a sprinter crouched ready to go> b :  to lie close to the ground with the legs bent <a pair of cats, crouching on the brink of a fight — Aldous Huxley>

  3. 2 :  to bend or bow servilely :  cringe

  4. 3 :  to stand at a low height <cottages crouched along the river>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to bow especially in humility or fear :  bend

crouch noun

Examples of crouch in a sentence

  1. She crouched down, trying to get a closer look at the spider.

  2. The lion crouched in the tall grass, waiting to attack the gazelle.



Origin of crouch

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with crouch


CROUCH Defined for Kids

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crouch

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verb \ˈkrau̇ch\

Definition of crouch for Students

crouchedcrouching

  1. :  to stoop or bend low with the arms and legs close to the body




2

crouch

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noun

Definition of crouch for Students

  1. :  the position of stooping with the arms and legs close to the body





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