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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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Examples from the Web for crouching
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  • Still his bullets fell in the center of the crouching party.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • crouching low in the shade of a clump of bushes, Grant stole toward the spot.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • He had been crouching for a spring at the moment when his master caught him.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But when I came to cross the road no crouching or gliding would do.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Hilary thrust Joan suddenly behind him; crouching like a cat.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
British Dictionary definitions for crouching

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 crouching

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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