- to stoop or bend low.
- to bend close to the ground, as an animal preparing to spring or shrinking with fear.
- to bow or stoop servilely; cringe.
- to bend low.
- the act of crouching.
Origin of crouch
Related Words for crouchhuddle, squat, hunch, cower, grovel, stoop, bend, wince, kneel, quail, duck, dip, bow, quat
Examples from the Web for crouch
Contemporary Examples of crouch
Eyes red and prison muscles bulging, a tattooed white man behind me jumped to his feet from a crouch and swatted me aside.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
Democrats can't slink away, or crouch, or cut and run against their own record.Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
March 17, 2014
Don dropped the skillet, jumped into a crouch, went for his gun.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
There was barely room to crouch, let alone lie down and sleep.Immigrants Held in Border Deep Freezers
Rachael Bale, The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 19, 2013
Malheiro says that whoever claimed Crouch confirmed the cases of Krokodil “got her statements wrong.”Behind the Krokodil Panic
November 7, 2013
Historical Examples of crouch
Her mate had slowly relaxed from his crouch and was watching her.White Fang
His brutality had made the delicacy in her crouch and sicken.A Spirit in Prison
He seemed to crouch on his chair, and the hand that held the paper shook.Love-at-Arms
The birds, the insects even, all life seemed to crouch, hushed and expectant.The Golden Woman
But out of the tail of my eye I saw him crouch, ready to leap.Tales of Fishes
- (intr) to bend low with the limbs pulled up close together, esp (of an animal) in readiness to pounce
- (intr) to cringe, as in humility or fear
- (tr) to bend (parts of the body), as in humility or fear
- the act of stooping or bending
Word Origin for crouch
late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, from 1590s.