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[kroch] /krɒtʃ/
a forking or place of forking, as of the human body between the legs.
the part of a pair of trousers, panties, or the like, formed by the joining of the two legs.
a piece of material serving to form a juncture between the legs of trousers, panties, etc.
a forked piece, part, support, etc., as a staff with a forked top.
  1. an area 4½ inches (11.4 cm) square at each corner of a billiard table.
  2. the situation in which both balls to be struck by the cue ball are within this area.
Nautical. crutch (def 6).
the area of a tree at which a main branch joins the trunk.
the wood from such an area; crotchwood.
Origin of crotch
First recorded in 1530-40; variant of crutch
Related forms
[krotcht] /krɒttʃt/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • A wildcat might at any moment be seen watching from the crotch of a tree, or a bear might suddenly emerge from the thicket.

    The Girl From Tim's Place Charles Clark Munn
  • When he finished, he was pretty well armored as far as his crotch.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • He found the detective seated in the crotch of a tree only a few feet from the face of the cliff.

  • The crotch of the elm-tree which it occupied was about twelve feet from the ground.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He had his second iron in the crotch, having hauled it in, but had not yet been able to haul near to the whale, so as to use it.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
British Dictionary definitions for crotch


Also called (Brit) crutch
  1. the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
  2. the human external genitals or the genital area
  3. the corresponding part of a pair of trousers, pants, etc
a forked region formed by the junction of two members
a forked pole or stick
Derived Forms
crotched, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of crutch
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Word Origin and History for crotch

1530s, original meaning "pitchfork," from Old North French croche "shepherd's crook," variant of croc "hook" (see crochet); meaning "region where the body forks" is 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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crotch in Medicine

crotch (krŏch)
The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two branches, limbs, or legs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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