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, sometimes to avoid detection or to defend oneself.

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

  • A crouching stance or posture.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

crouch

/kraʊtʃ//krouCH/