\ ˈkrau̇ch \
crouched; crouching; crouches

Definition of crouch 

intransitive verb

1a : to lower the body stance especially by bending the legs The sprinter crouched and was 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

2 : to bend or bow servilely : cringe

3 : to stand at a low height Cottages crouched along the river.

transitive verb

: to bow especially in humility or fear : bend The dog crouched its head.

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Other words from crouch

crouch noun

Examples of crouch in a Sentence

She crouched down, trying to get a closer look at the spider. The lion crouched in the tall grass, waiting to attack the gazelle.

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Ellis crouched behind the plate for Kershaw 118 times, nearly twice as many as any other catcher. Andy Mccullough,, "Kershaw continues to make progress on the mound in Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Padres," 10 July 2018 That’s when the sergeant saw the victim on the bathroom floor where Malvais was crouched in a bathtub, according to the arrest report. Jeremy Gorner,, "Police video released of hostage situation on Near West Side from April," 11 June 2018 Kapler marveled that summer as Kendall, who was then 34 years old, crouched behind home plate to catch 149 of the Brewers’ 162 games. Matt Breen,, "Phillies trying to manage Jorge Alfaro's usage as season wears on," 1 June 2018 He was crouched behind home plate to catch the ceremonial first pitch when the miscue happened. Ethan Bauer, miamiherald, "This unsung junior pitcher could end up being the Florida Gators’ real ace | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 The crouching position allows racers to reach maximum speeds while minimizing air resistance. Dania Haughton,, "How Fast do Downhill Skiers Go?," 9 Feb. 2018 Cox, Ryan Bundy and singer Victoria Sharp were crouched in the back seat of the truck at the roadblock. Maxine Bernstein,, "Passengers in Finicum's truck file separate civil suit against FBI, Harney County sheriff," 31 Jan. 2018 Meghan Markle crouches down to chat with a little girl at the Audi Polo Cup on June 30, 2018. Maura Hohman,, "Meghan Markle's Mom Skills Are (Already!) on Display: See the Sweet New Photos," 2 July 2018 Muncy made several subtle adjustments to give himself a better chance, crouching a bit in his stance, lifting his knee a bit higher and using more of an uppercut swing. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "‘Boring’ Is a Compliment for Braves’ Reluctant Star," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of crouch

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for crouch

Middle English

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈkrau̇ch \
crouched; crouching

Kids Definition of crouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of crouch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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