\ 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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One of the most common positions to deliver a baby is to have the woman crouching on the legs of another woman who is holding her. Washington Post, "A child raised by many mothers: What we can learn about parenthood from an indigenous group in Brazil," 6 Sep. 2019 Local news videos showed officers from the police Special Tactical Squad charging a train at the Prince Edward station in Kowloon and using batons to hit several people who were crouching on the floor of a car. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Clash With Police After Defying Ban," 31 Aug. 2019 Those players’ batting stances aren’t taken into consideration, meaning hitters who crouch or stand straight up might end up with an inaccurate zone. Nathan Ruiz,, "‘There’s no way you’re fooling a machine’: A first-person look at the robot umpire system being tested by MLB," 8 Aug. 2019 Jose Luis Gonzalez's photograph shows Perez crouching on a dusty road and holding her son close, crying into his chest as the service member stands nearby with his weapon hanging from his shoulder. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Dramatic photo captures migrant mom pleading with border guard as she tries to enter U.S. with son," 26 July 2019 When police arrived, Ball was crouched next to his 16-year-old brother, who was being attended to by emergency first responders. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man gets 4 years in prison for crash with a school bus that killed his brother," 22 July 2019 As the California Senator turned presidential candidate tours a beef-and-produce farm in south-central Iowa on Aug. 11, a crouching campaign aide carefully walks a few feet ahead, pointing out the cow droppings littering the grass. Justin Worland / Des Moines, Time, "How Climate Change in Iowa is Changing U.S. Politics," 12 Sep. 2019 Investigators think the suspect was crouched down in a row of hedges alongside a small parking deck when Stafford passed by him on the sidewalk and the suspect opened fire. Carol Robinson |, al, "Birmingham officer shot multiple times released after 45 days in the hospital," 31 Aug. 2019 Admirers appeared immediately, their phones up to capture photos and video of the crouching pooch gliding onto shore. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach bulldog is canine queen of the waves," 29 Aug. 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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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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