- 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
Examples from the Web for crouching
Bernard: With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, people finally became accustomed to reading subtitles.Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard on Woody Allen and the State of Indie Film
May 22, 2014
He looped around in the grass, flanking the mine mouth, slow, quiet now, crouching a little.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
And the crouching tiger (sorry for that) is rendered in gorgeous, utterly convincing CGI.Is Ang Lee’s Visually Breathtaking Life of Pi This Year’s Slumdog Millionaire?
September 29, 2012
As he lunged forward, I instinctively drew back, crouching for a lethal blow.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Ang Lee, who won an Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, went on to make the misguided Hulk.Why The Tourist Bombed
January 13, 2011
Still his bullets fell in the center of the crouching party.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Crouching low in the shade of a clump of bushes, Grant stole toward the spot.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He had been crouching for a spring at the moment when his master caught him.Little Dorrit
But when I came to cross the road no crouching or gliding would do.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Hilary thrust Joan suddenly behind him; crouching like a cat.Slaves of Mercury
- (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 and History for crouching
late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, from 1590s.