Definition of crouch in English:

crouch

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

  • [in singular] A crouching stance or posture:

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

crouch

/kraʊtʃ/