1. a forking or place of forking, as of the human body between the legs.
  2. the part of a pair of trousers, panties, or the like, formed by the joining of the two legs.
  3. a piece of material serving to form a juncture between the legs of trousers, panties, etc.
  4. a forked piece, part, support, etc., as a staff with a forked top.
  5. Billiards.
    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.
  6. Nautical. crutch(def 6).
  7. the area of a tree at which a main branch joins the trunk.
  8. the wood from such an area; crotchwood.

Origin of crotch

First recorded in 1530–40; variant of crutch
Related formscrotched [krotcht] /krɒttʃt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for crotches

fork, corner, curve, elbow, lap, groin

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British Dictionary definitions for crotches


  1. 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
  2. a forked region formed by the junction of two members
  3. a forked pole or stick
Derived Formscrotched, adjective

Word Origin for crotch

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

crotches in Medicine


  1. The angle or region of the angle formed by the junction of two parts or members, such as two branches, limbs, or legs.
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