crouch

verb
\ 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 The guests and the employees crouch and circle one another like animals in a cage. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Equipped with a disorienting wide-angle lens, the camera takes us on a tour of these hellish environs, drifting through grotty cells where naked prisoners crouch in helpless terror, caked with their own filth. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The guests and the employees crouch and circle one another like animals in a cage. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Reds first baseman Joey Votto made an adjustment last season to crouch less at the plate, but no one on the team stands straighter in the batter’s box than Schrock. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 4 Sep. 2021 The guests and the employees crouch and circle one another like animals in a cage. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 At different points, adults cradle small, crying children and crouch over them in protective stances as rounds of gunfire erupt around them, crackling through the air. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 The guests and the employees crouch and circle one another like animals in a cage. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The guests and the employees crouch and circle one another like animals in a cage. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Crouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crouch. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for crouch

crouch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crouch

: to lower your body to the ground by bending your legs
: to lie on the stomach close to the ground with the legs bent

crouch

verb
\ 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

crouch

noun

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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