Definition of crotch in US English:



  • 1The part of the human body between the legs where they join the torso.

    • ‘At one point in the show he imitated a guy in the front row, leaning back with his hand on his crotch, as if he were watching a movie.’
    • ‘All women should be conversant with basic self - defence, including how to punch the solar plexus and kick at the crotch.’
    • ‘I had worn lightweight jogging shorts and knew that on certain equipment, particularly upright bikes and straddled equipment, the crotch might be exposed.’
    • ‘I felt bodies brush against me, hands caress my arms and thighs, squeeze my crotch.’
    • ‘Kelly rolled his eyes back and adjusted his crotch.’
    • ‘I moved my hands on his waist and positioned my crotch behind Jason.’
    • ‘The bottom of the window frame cuts off our view of their bodies at crotch level.’
    • ‘It is a kick in the crotch, a punch to the kidney and a savage body slam.’
    • ‘He hung there, layered with ice as hailstones formed, a grey powdery coating rushing out of the mauve and grey mist, invading his ears and nostrils, feathering his eyebrows, freezing his crotch.’
    • ‘Squat to see if pants gap in back, or cut into the crotch.’
    • ‘Mind you, I was pretty sure by this point that the majority of my coffee was either on my crotch or in the back of the cars.’
    • ‘You cannot scratch at your crotch or your armpit while wearing the jacket because it just looks weird.’
    • ‘He had been wounded in the abdomen and in the crotch.’
    • ‘In the second piece, the actual scans, moving through the artist's body from neck to crotch in speedy animation are set to the music of Ava Maria.’
    • ‘Hip circumference was defined as the widest point, between the iliac crest and the crotch.’
    1. 1.1 The part of a garment that passes between the legs.
      • ‘One way to solve your problem is to wear trousers that are longer from the crotch to the waistband.’
      • ‘In pants, full front thighs create diagonal wrinkles, pulling from the inside legs at the crotch.’
      • ‘In other words, avoid overalls and shirts that snap in the crotch.’
      • ‘The best clothes for these day to day needs are simple body suits with snaps at the crotch.’
      • ‘The black trousers split at the crotch, and split again when I mended them.’
      • ‘He ended up with scalding tea down his shirtfront and crotch, but was unharmed.’
      • ‘When fitting the crotch, keep in mind that the back crotch seam will stretch because it's on the bias.’
      • ‘The length from the crotch to the waistband is called the rise.’
      • ‘The inseam is the length from the base of the crotch to the bottom of your pant leg at the seam.’
      • ‘Sew just a crotch lining so the seams enclosed between the lining and the swimsuit fabric.’
      • ‘Trousers should be worn on your hips, preferably with a low-rise, which is a shorter distance between the top of the waistband and the crotch of your pants.’
      • ‘Cecilia, one of my club divers, is only 5ft 2in, and the crotch flapped around her ankles.’
      • ‘Firstly, the jeans had been worn by somebody for a whole year, with repeated washes, so as to achieve the proper sort of tiger-striped fading round the crotch and pale patches round the knees.’
      • ‘There should be enough room in the crotch of the pants for you to sit and walk comfortably, without being excessively baggy.’
    2. 1.2 A fork in a tree, road, or river.
      • ‘The following years, evenly spaced scaffold branches with wide crotch angles are selected to encourage a strong tree.’
      • ‘It amused Adriana to watch him do it, balanced in a crotch of his beech tree, fishing for hours in the morning and after a long nap in the heat of the day.’
      • ‘For the second cut, cut completely through the branch from inside the crotch well up from the ridge of bark joining the two branches.’
      • ‘Somewhat frustrated at the range, he walked over to a nearby tree, placed the barrel in the crotch of that tree, and proceeded to bend the barrel in the direction of the needed adjustment.’
      • ‘Look for overly tall leaders, crossing branches and narrow-angle crotches.’
      • ‘Because their feet are not large or strong enough to hold prey, shrikes find a crotch in a tree, a thorn, or barbed wire to hang their prey on while they eat.’
      • ‘It is situated high up in the crotch of open-crowned trees, on top of treelike saguaro cactuses, on cliff ledges, poles, or buildings.’
      • ‘Well, Ron had planted himself in a straddle position facing the tree, in the crotch of a very big branch and the trunk.’
      • ‘Furthermore, Blue Jays nest in all parts of trees, including crotches in the main trunk, large horizontal limbs, and near the tips of terminal branches.’
      • ‘Once the bag and line were lowered to the ground, a climbing rope was tied to the slick-line, which was used to pull it over the branch or tree crotch.’
      • ‘They typically nest in a horizontal fork or vertical crotch of a tree.’
      • ‘Wild orchids and bromehads find homes in the crotches of many trees.’
      • ‘If we come to an ugly crotch or fork, the operator just snips it off as he goes, without even slowing down.’
      • ‘The nest, a platform made from thin sticks, lined with bark and greenery, is typically placed at a major crotch in a tree, 25-50 feet off the ground.’


Mid 16th century (denoting an agricultural or garden fork, also a crutch): perhaps related to Old French croche ‘crozier, shepherd's crook’, based on Old Norse krókr ‘hook’; partly also a variant of crutch.