\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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This is the terrifying moment a motorist runs over a child crouching down to tie his shoelaces – only for the little boy to miraculously pop up and continue playing soccer. Swns - Joe Smith, Fox News, "Kid tying shoelace run over by car, walks away," 27 Sep. 2018 In fact, crouching doesn’t do much good and lying flat makes a person more likely to be affected by ground current if a strike happens nearby. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Grand Canyon gets the most lightning strikes among popular parks," 6 July 2018 As the cave begins to open up toward the entrance, dozens are seen crouching down and wading through gushing water to help carry the stretcher. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "New video from Thai navy shows the scene inside Tham Luang cave during dramatic rescue," 11 July 2018 The group spent Tuesday morning crouched over new and old bricks at the Peale Center in downtown Baltimore. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Morgan project aims to help diversify architecture, historic preservation fields," 10 July 2018 Williams hung his head and crouched on the warning track in disbelief. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Florida returns to College World Series with walk-off home run off Auburn outfielder's glove," 12 June 2018 The exception is a faster tank mode that is enabled by physically crouching. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo Labo tests, part one: Robot Kit’s cardboard stomps are fun but shallow," 13 May 2018 The Breakfast Club,’’ the rebellious teenage character John Bender, played by Judd Nelson, hides from a teacher by crouching under a desk near Claire Standish, played by Molly Ringwald. Samantha Schmidt,, "Molly Ringwald reckons with the ‘The Breakfast Club’ in the #MeToo era," 10 Apr. 2018 The following night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, a squat concrete lump crouched in the shadow of the luminous Superdome, the Rockets have a late-season matchup with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Devin Gordon, GQ, "James Harden Isn't Playing Around," 12 Apr. 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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