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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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  • They are erected with posts and crotches, with but little or no frame-work about them.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Then from this pole place three or four poles, one end on the ground, the other resting on the pole that rests in the crotches.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Hand in hand they watched the rising sun pierce through it and flood the crotches of the hills with God's splendid canvases.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Their dead were buried in canoes, which rested in the crotches of forked sticks a few feet above-ground.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • Now set two crotches about four feet high and place a pole in these crotches.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • They are deposited in chinks of bark, and crotches of limbs, at or near the surface of the ground.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • He then out three poles of about ten feet in length, with crotches near the ends.

  • The crotches of the poles were then placed under the fork of the sapling, the butts of the poles outward, thus forming a tripod.

  • A couple of crotches hold up a pole on which the camp kettles are hung, and under which a fire is built.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
British Dictionary definitions for crotches


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 crotches



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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crotches 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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