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
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    • 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
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    • 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.


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  • A crouching stance or posture.
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    • 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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