Definition of crouch in English:

crouch

Line breaks: crouch
Pronunciation: /kraʊtʃ
 
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verb

[no object]
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 fire
More 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.
Synonyms

noun

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A crouching stance or posture: he dropped into a defensive crouch
More 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.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps from Old French crochir 'be bent', from croche (see crotch).

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