Definition of crouch in English:



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  • 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’
    ‘Leo was crouched before the fire’
    • ‘Then I wanted to get the whole pond in the shot from a lower angle so I crouched down but was a little bit close.’
    • ‘She crouched down, and wrapped her arms around her frail body, covering her face with her hands.’
    • ‘When I came out she was crouching on the sidewalk playing with a street vendor's puppy.’
    • ‘They left from the big smelly station with the road that ran through it, a giant grey monster crouching under North Bridge.’
    • ‘Three children crouched in the shade of the branches, above them a small bag of precious grain hung carefully.’
    • ‘His face wore a lopsided grin, and he crouched down near the fire and set to work upon the other shoe.’
    • ‘He rose up on one knee, then crouched there, body tight, as if tensing for the pounce.’
    • ‘Kit was still crouching in his position from the last strike and slowly stood to look at her.’
    • ‘Their bodies ached from lying, sitting and crouching all the time.’
    • ‘One armed officer wearing a helmet and body armour crouched behind the corner of a house and was aiming his weapon.’
    • ‘She gave me a grubby blanket and crouched down in front of the fire while I huddled and shivered.’
    • ‘I crouched down to avoid being knocked over myself and hid my head under my arms.’
    • ‘He could see two people huddled under shawls, crouching but unable to get to shelter.’
    • ‘I was crouching down on the balcony, with my lens stuck through the gap between the metalwork and the concrete floor.’
    • ‘I had just crouched down to pick it up when everyone naturally decided to surge forward.’
    • ‘They agonise over every shot, crouching on the green as they plan the putt that could win them that precious round of golf.’
    • ‘Hoeing weeds will be a welcome break from pruning duties and is much kinder on the back than crouching down to pull them out.’
    • ‘Monkeys are the most active in the lake area and can be seen crouching in the trees eating fruit.’
    • ‘I saw a man crouching by the front door, approximately two feet from the window.’
    • ‘The wayward child is at the back of the dim cement room, crouched in a corner near the hand basins.’
    squat, squat down, duck, duck down, hunker down, bob down, hunch over
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  • A crouching stance or posture.

    ‘he dropped into a defensive crouch’
    • ‘Nor did we immediately want to send the public officials whom we wanted to influence into a defensive crouch.’
    • ‘I pulled myself over the fence and landed on the other side in a crouch.’
    • ‘Then he stood from the crouch, and he and I were nearly the same height.’
    • ‘She heard the singing of a blade being drawn from its scabbard, and dropped into a crouch as said blade sliced the air above her head.’
    • ‘Dropping to a crouch, the princess crept to the edge of the quicksand.’
    • ‘Those who remain in a defensive crouch are in danger of being left behind.’
    • ‘The black beast ripped its left arm free and fell into a crouch within the cover of shadow; its eyes shone fearfully red.’
    • ‘So, too, older folks assume a crouch as they age - much of this is nature's way of creating stability.’
    • ‘Rising to a crouch, he scanned the forest frantically, his heart beating faster than he could remember it.’
    • ‘He ran in a crouch towards the ship's rear and the aft cargo bay.’
    • ‘She swore, covering her eyes, and stepped back, instinctively moving into a defensive crouch.’
    • ‘I landed in a crouch and stood up, straightening my robe.’
    • ‘He flipped backwards and falling to his hands, continued to spring another dozen feet, landing in a half crouch.’


Late Middle English: perhaps from Old French crochir ‘be bent’, from croche (see crotch).