Definition of crouch in English:

crouch

Syllabification: crouch
Pronunciation: /krouCH
 
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verb

[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.
Synonyms
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.

noun

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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.

Origin

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

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