\ ˈkrau̇ch How to pronounce crouch (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web His neighbor doesn’t crouch outside all night watching for critters and never leaves food to attract animals. Washington Post, "What wild animals walk through your yard? A trail cam can help you find out.," 14 Dec. 2020 His pitch sails high, pulling out of his catcher’s crouch a college-aged man in gray sweats. Adam Kuhlmann, Longreads, "Little League, Revisited," 15 Apr. 2020 Young men crouch down, tilting their heads in the blazing heat to take pictures of their girlfriends posing to the rhythm of the camera clicks. NBC News, "Inside a South Korean theme park that refused to let COVID-19 shut it down," 11 June 2020 Do not crouch down or make eye contact, which the bear may interpret as aggressive behavior. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Should You Do If a Grizzly Bear Attacks?," 27 May 2020 Rogers was crouched low, using a long lens, when the huddle broke up and Hayes charged out and jammed the camera into his forehead, Rogers said. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A besieged embassy and the echoes of history," 2 Jan. 2020 He was crouched in a trench when a driver crossed onto the shoulder and struck him, according to his legal team. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Caltrans to pay $37 million to contractor paralyzed after being hit in Eureka," 9 July 2019 As a tall catcher, Heim is flexible enough to crouch and give a low target but has also needed to work on getting out of that crouch to throw accurately to bases. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s Jonah Heim is quick out of the crouch, slowly coming out of his shell," 2 Mar. 2020 In Indiana, police officers ordered teachers during an active-shooter drill to crouch down while officers fired pellet guns at them, leaving some of them bloodied and bruised, according to a state employee’s testimony at a legislative hearing. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "Teacher unions, gun-control advocates urge changes to active-shooter drills, citing student trauma," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of crouch was in the 14th century

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“Crouch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce crouch (audio) \
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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