- Adopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, typically in order to avoid detection or to defend oneself: we crouched down in the trench (be crouched) Leo was crouched before the fireMore example sentences
- He rose up on one knee, then crouched there, body tight, as if tensing for the pounce.
- One armed officer wearing a helmet and body armour crouched behind the corner of a house and was aiming his weapon.
- Kit was still crouching in his position from the last strike and slowly stood to look at her.
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- A crouching stance or posture: he dropped into a defensive crouchMore example sentences
- She swore, covering her eyes, and stepped back, instinctively moving into a defensive crouch.
- Nor did we immediately want to send the public officials whom we wanted to influence into a defensive crouch.
- Those who remain in a defensive crouch are in danger of being left behind.
late Middle English: perhaps from Old French crochir 'be bent', from croche (see crotch).