[ kroch ]
/ krɒtʃ /



Nearby words

  1. crossword puzzle,
  2. crosswort,
  3. crostini,
  4. crotal,
  5. crotalin,
  6. crotchet,
  7. crotchety,
  8. crotchwood,
  9. croton,
  10. croton bug

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crotches


/ (krɒtʃ) /


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 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

Medicine definitions for crotches


[ krŏch ]


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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