\ 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 Witness Marianne, crouched in the lee of a rock beside the ocean, roughing out a secret sketch of her subject, like a drinker swigging in shame. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Fanciful Flamboyance of “The Aeronauts”," 29 Nov. 2019 Late in October, the playwright Samuel D. Hunter crouched in a defunct silver mine in Northern Idaho. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Samuel D. Hunter’s Own Private Idaho," 27 Nov. 2019 Defenders crouched over glass bottles, filling them with fuel and stuffing them with fuses to make bombs. The Economist, "Hong Kong in revolt China’s unruly periphery resents the Communist Party’s heavy hand," 21 Nov. 2019 First guard Mark Glowinski crouched down in the end zone. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' Quenton Nelson's viral keg stand touchdown celebration was weeks in the making," 17 Nov. 2019 Martin Maldonado crouched behind the plate, the first man other than Chirinos to catch an inning from Verlander this season. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Nationals trounce Astros in miserable World Series performance," 23 Oct. 2019 Verlander could only crouch on the infield grass as Hicks circled the bases. Ronald Blum, The Denver Post, "DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS," 19 Oct. 2019 On a couple of his six 3-pointers Thursday night, Coby White took a pass from a Bulls teammate and crouched into his shooting stance, then took a quick dribble to his left to shake a Hawks defender and rained a 3. Phil Thompson,, "Bulls rookie Coby White puts his 29-point preseason game into perspective: ‘Still a long way to go’," 18 Oct. 2019 Awaiting them on the street was Wallace, who had hidden, crouched behind a squad car. Sam Whiting,, "The calm after the quake — for survivors, the heartbreak and heroism are still fresh," 11 Oct. 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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crouch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce crouch (audio)

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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