crouch

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verb \ ˈkrau̇ch \

Definition of crouch

intransitive verb
1 a :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.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of crouch

Middle English

crouch Synonyms

Synonyms
couch, huddle, hunch, hunker (down), scrunch, squat, squinch
Related Words
curl up

CROUCH Defined for English Language Learners

crouch

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verb

Definition of crouch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CROUCH Defined for Kids

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crouch

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verb \ ˈkrau̇ch \

Definition of crouch for Students

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

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crouch

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Definition of crouch for Students

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


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