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crouch

[krouch] /kraʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to stoop or bend low.
2.
to bend close to the ground, as an animal preparing to spring or shrinking with fear.
3.
to bow or stoop servilely; cringe.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bend low.
noun
5.
the act of crouching.
Origin of crouch
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English crouchen, perhaps blend of couchen to lie down (see couch) and croken to crook1
Related forms
croucher, noun
crouchingly, adverb
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  • She crouched at my feet covering her face with her long hair.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Low she crouched, and her call to Lauzanne was but a joyous whisper.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Before it, on a log of wood, sat or crouched a human figure.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Dick obeyed, and he crouched by the side of Warner and Pennington.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • I slipped into the drawing-room and crouched behind a chair.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for crouched

crouch

/kraʊtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to bend low with the limbs pulled up close together, esp (of an animal) in readiness to pounce
2.
(intransitive) to cringe, as in humility or fear
3.
(transitive) to bend (parts of the body), as in humility or fear
noun
4.
the act of stooping or bending
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from Old French crochir to become bent like a hook, from croche hook
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Word Origin and History for crouched

crouch

v.

late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, from 1590s.

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