adjective Scot. and North England.

brisk; lively.

Origin of crouse

1250–1300; Middle English crus, crous fierce, bold, violent < Middle Low German or Frisian krūs crisp; cognate with German kraus
Related formscrouse·ly, adverb




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Historical Examples of crouse

  • Then the boys saw the unknown Germans give Crouse some money.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt

    Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)

  • Never was chanticleer so crouse on his own dung-hill, as Johnny Darbyshire was in his own house.

  • But about a year after a friend meets him at Gledsmuir merkit as crouse as ever.

    The Half-Hearted

    John Buchan

  • Craske is an East Anglian word for fat, and Crouse is used in the north for sprightly, confident.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • At this juncture a man with a small boat hove in sight and came so close that Mr. Crouse could touch it.

    History of the Johnstown Flood

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for crouse



Scot and Northern English dialect lively, confident, or saucy

Word Origin for crouse

C14 (Scottish and Northern) English: from Middle Low German krūs twisted, curled, confused
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