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[kroos] /krus/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
brisk; lively.
Origin of crouse
1250-1300; Middle English crus, crous fierce, bold, violent < Middle Low German or Frisian krūs crisp; cognate with German kraus
Related forms
crousely, adverb


[krous] /kraʊs/
Russel, 1893–1966, U.S. dramatist. Unabridged
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  • Then the boys saw the unknown Germans give crouse some money.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • Never was chanticleer so crouse on his own dung-hill, as Johnny Darbyshire was in his own house.

  • But about a year after a friend meets him at Gledsmuir merkit as crouse as ever.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Craske is an East Anglian word for fat, and crouse is used in the north for sprightly, confident.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • At this juncture a man with a small boat hove in sight and came so close that Mr. crouse could touch it.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • At Pine Street Mr. crouse waited for a big boat another hour, and when he finally found one he was shivering with cold.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • They first took out the brown horse and landed her at the park, Mr crouse holding her behind the boat.

    History of the Johnstown Flood Willis Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for crouse


(Scot & Northern English, dialect) lively, confident, or saucy
Word Origin
C14 (Scottish and Northern) English: from Middle Low German krūs twisted, curled, confused
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