\ 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.

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The man jumped over the gate of the Gateway Commons condo complex and crouched by a BMW sport utility vehicle, Dutcher said. Jerome Campbell,, "Man is in custody after Rhode Island police officer is shot in leg," 2 July 2018 After Columbine, lockdowns that involved bolting the door and crouching quietly out of sight became the norm. Carolyn Thompson, The Seattle Times, "Parents question whether shooting drills traumatize schoolkids," 11 Feb. 2019 Officers stopped the male and returned to the vehicle to see why the male had been crouched down. Travis Andersen,, "Two suspects arrested, two guns seized in Dorchester and Mattapan in under five hours," 2 July 2018 However, Baldwin’s head is cropped out of the photo of him crouching while appearing to chat with a child. Stephanie Petit,, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Fuel Romance Rumors by Making Out in N.Y.C.," 17 June 2018 Williams, still on the other side of the street, crouched down for about minute after the gunfire before looking back to the intersection. Michelle Hunter,, "How close was Joe McKnight when Ronald Gasser fired?," 22 Jan. 2018 Photo: Annie O'Neill for The Wall Street Journal Moments later she was crouched in a dark closet with Mr. Werber. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Inside the Pittsburgh Synagogue as Shots Rang," 31 Oct. 2018 Woman Squinting Kalin Elisa, known as @solo_kalin on Twitter became a viral sensation after posting a fly photoshoot to her feed, which included a bts shot of her getting winded and in a crouching pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Palace aides may or may not have felt for the nearest fainting couch when an October paparazzi photo showed Mulroney crouched on the street in New York, sneaking a cigarette. Michelle Ruiz, Marie Claire, "I Respect Jessica Mulroney's Hustle—and Her Loyalty to Meghan Markle," 18 Dec. 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 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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