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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kɹaʊt͡ʃ/
  • Rhymes: -aʊtʃ
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English crouchen, crucchen, crouken (to bend, crouch), variant of croken (to bend, crook), from crok (crook, hook), from Old Norse krókr (hook), from Proto-Germanic *krōkaz (hook), from Proto-Indo-European *gerg- (wicker, bend), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (to turn, wind, weave). Compare Middle Dutch krōken (to crook, curl). More at crook.

VerbEdit

crouch (third-person singular simple present crouches, present participle crouching, simple past and past participle crouched)

  1. (intransitive) To bend down; to stoop low; to stand close to the ground with legs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear.
    We crouched behind the low wall until the squad of soldiers had passed by.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, chapter 2, in Jacob's Room:
      Archer and Jacob jumped up from behind the mound where they had been crouching with the intention of springing upon their mother unexpectedly, and they all began to walk slowly home.
  2. (intransitive) To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.
  3. (intransitive) To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.
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NounEdit

crouch (plural crouches)

  1. A bent or stooped position.
    The cat waited in a crouch, hidden behind the hedge.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English crouche, cruche, from Old English crūċ (cross). Compare Old Saxon krūci (cross), Old High German chrūzi (cross).

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crouch (plural crouches)

  1. (obsolete) A cross.
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crouch (third-person singular simple present crouches, present participle crouching, simple past and past participle crouched)

  1. (obsolete) To sign with the cross; bless.
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