Definition of crouch in English:


Syllabification: crouch
Pronunciation: /krouCH


[no object]
1Adopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, sometimes 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.
squat, bend (down), hunker down, scrunch down, hunch over, stoop, kneel (down);
duck, cower
1.1 (crouch over) Bend over and forward with knees bent so as to be close to (someone or something): she was crouching over some flower bed
More example sentences
  • The rider pedals in a somewhat upright, stable stance, which lends confidence to those who might otherwise get the jitters crouched over a carbon-fiber hot rod.
  • And one day I was coming out of my building, and on my stoop, was a man who was crouched over, and he appeared to be in deep thought.
  • Under the high ceilings and between massive columns I crouched over an array of decadence.


[in singular] Back to top  
A crouching stance or posture.
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.


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

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