\ 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 Three strode out to other parts of the continent, but one crouched in place. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Is an Aboriginal tale of an ancient volcano the oldest story ever told?," 11 Feb. 2020 With Cummings behind him, a boom mic above him and a videographer crouching in front, Jack trotted through a red tunnel with the confidence of Leonardo DiCaprio on a red carpet. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Puppy Bowl' 2020: How one rescue dog made it to the big game, with Whitney Cummings' help," 30 Jan. 2020 Plus, there aren’t 10 hunters laying in the middle of the decoys or crouching in A-Frames in a hedgerow with their heads peeking out the top of the blind. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Goose Hunting Tactics for Water and Fields," 15 Jan. 2020 Phillips crouched in the alley, hiding behind a wooden fence that screens the police station's generator, Reynolds said. Arkansas Online, "Video details final steps of Northwest Arkansas killer," 14 Dec. 2019 The performance lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, with Elvis pacing the stage like a panther, crouching, lunging, leaping, doing karate kicks and punches. Richard Zoglin, Time, "Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis' Career Around," 23 July 2019 Floyd passed the west side of the alley and saw Phillips crouched, moving toward Eucce. Arkansas Online, "2 cleared by prosecutor, called heroic for fatally shooting Fayetteville officer's killer," 1 Jan. 2020 The photo, which was taken by Middleton at the family’s Norfolk home earlier this year, sees Prince William crouching down to give his youngest son a kiss as Prince George and Princess Charlotte smile at the camera. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Wears a Chic Faux Fur Catherine Walker Coat for Christmas Day," 25 Dec. 2019 Difficulty breathing can be distinguished by the cat crouching low to the ground with little abdominal movement and no hairball production. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: A scent-sitive subject: Essential oil diffusers and your cat," 16 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crouch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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