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verb (used without object)
  1. to stoop or bend low.
  2. to bend close to the ground, as an animal preparing to spring or shrinking with fear.
  3. to bow or stoop servilely; cringe.
verb (used with object)
  1. to bend low.
  1. the act of crouching.

Origin of crouch

1175–1225; Middle English crouchen, perhaps blend of couchen to lie down (see couch) and croken to crook1
Related formscrouch·er, nouncrouch·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for crouched

huddle, squat, hunch, cower, grovel, stoop, bend, wince, kneel, quail, duck, dip, bow, quat

Examples from the Web for crouched

Contemporary Examples of crouched

Historical Examples of crouched

  • She crouched at my feet covering her face with her long hair.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Low she crouched, and her call to Lauzanne was but a joyous whisper.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for crouched


  1. (intr) to bend low with the limbs pulled up close together, esp (of an animal) in readiness to pounce
  2. (intr) to cringe, as in humility or fear
  3. (tr) to bend (parts of the body), as in humility or fear
  1. the act of stooping or bending

Word Origin for crouch

C14: perhaps from Old French crochir to become bent like a hook, from croche hook
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Word Origin and History for crouched



late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, from 1590s.

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