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Meaning of CROUCH

Pronunciation:  krawch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
  2. [v]  sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"
  3. [v]  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"

CROUCH is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bend, bow, hunker down, scrunch, scrunch up, squat, stoop
 See Also: bending, change posture, cower, flex, huddle, sit, sit down, squinch, stoop to



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crouch\ (krouch; 129), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Crouched}
    (kroucht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crouching}.] [OE. cruchen,
    crouchen, crouken; cf. E. creep, G. krauchen, kriechen, or E.
    crook to bend, also crouch to cross.]
    1. 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.
    2. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.
       ``A crouching purpose.'' --Wordsworth.
             Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor?
  2. \Crouch\, v. t. [OE. cruchen, crouchen, from cruche,
    crouche, cross. Cf. {Crosier}, {Crook}.]
    1. To sign with the cross; to bless. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. 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.             --Colerige.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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