Definitions for: Crouch

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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?

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.

Synonyms: bend, bow, hunker down, scrunch, scrunch up, squat, stoop

See Also: bending, change posture, cower, flex, huddle, sit, sit down, squinch, stoop to

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