- 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 crouchedhuddle, squat, hunch, cower, grovel, stoop, bend, wince, kneel, quail, duck, dip, bow, quat
Examples from the Web for crouched
Contemporary Examples of crouched
Caen was pitching and I was crouched behind the dish, catching.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
She lost control of her bladder as she crouched in a corner, shaking, and unable to move her body due to the shock.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Now shaken from his reverie, stunned, Paterno walked over to the golf cart and crouched and shook the hand of the champ.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
Before I could move she flattened her belly to the ground, crouched, trembled, and sprang into his face.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
In one image, a crouched woman in a dark alley drinks from a bottle marked “El Dorado,” while boxes burn nearby.Photographer Raymond Depardon Captures the ‘Sweet Moments’
November 15, 2013
Historical Examples of crouched
She crouched at my feet covering her face with her long hair.The Trail Book
Low she crouched, and her call to Lauzanne was but a joyous whisper.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Before it, on a log of wood, sat or crouched a human figure.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Dick obeyed, and he crouched by the side of Warner and Pennington.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I slipped into the drawing-room and crouched behind a chair.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- (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.