AskDefine | Define crouch

Dictionary Definition

crouch n : the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body


1 bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse" [syn: stoop, bend, bow]
2 sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: squat, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]

User Contributed Dictionary



IPA: /kraʊʧ/

Etymology 1

Old English crūċ.


  1. A cross.

Etymology 2

Perhaps from Old French crochir.


  1. To bend down; to stoop low; to lie 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.
  2. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.
  3. To sign with the cross; to bless.
  4. To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.
To bend down
To bend servilely
To sign with the cross
To bend, or cause to bend


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

Extensive Definition

Crouch is a family name.

People with the family name Crouch


surname nocat
crouch in German: Crouch

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to, bob, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow to, couch, cower, crawl, creep, cringe, cringe to, crouch before, curtsy, dip, do homage, do obeisance, duck, fawn, flatter, flinch, genuflect, genuflection, get down, grovel, huddle, hug the earth, hunch, hunch down, hunker down, kneel, kneel to, kneeling, knuckle to, kowtow, lick the dust, lickspittle, lie low, lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under, nod, obeisance, prostration, quail, reverence, salaam, scrouch down, skulk, slink, sneak, squat, stoop, supination, swat, toadeat, toady, truckle, truckle to, underlie, wallow, welter, wince
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