Definition of crouch
- The sprinter crouched and was ready to go.
- … a pair of cats, crouching on the brink of a fight.
- —Aldous Huxley
- Cottages crouched along the river.
- The dog crouched its head.
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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