crouch Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
verb bend one's back forward from the waist on down
stoop; bend; bow.
- he crouched down
- She bowed before the Queen
- The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse
verb sit on one's heels
scrunch; hunker down; hunker; squat; scrunch up.
- In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting
- The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm
Crouch intransitive verb
; cf. E. creep
, G. krauchen
, or E. crook
to bend, also crouch
imperfect & past participle Crouched present participle & verbal noun Crouching
- To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with the logs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear.
Now crouch like a cur.
Beau. & Fl.
- To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe. "A crouching purpose."
Must I stand and crouch
Under your testy humor?
Crouch transitive verb
, from cruche
, cross. Cf. Crosier
- To sign with the cross; to bless. Obs.
- To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.
She folded her arms across her chest,
And crouched her head upon her breast.
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