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crouch

 (krouch)
v. crouched, crouch·ing, crouch·es
v.intr.
1.
a. To stoop, especially with the knees bent: crouched over the grate, searching for his keys.
b. To press the entire body close to the ground with the limbs bent: a cat crouching near its prey.
2. To bend servilely or timidly; cringe.
v.tr.
To bend (the head or knee, for example) low, as in fear or humility.
n.
The act or posture of bending low or crouching.

[Middle English crouchen, probably from Old North French *crouchir, to become bent, variant of Old French crochir, from croche, hook; see crochet.]

crouch

(kraʊtʃ)
vb
1. (intr) to bend low with the limbs pulled up close together, esp (of an animal) in readiness to pounce
2. (intr) to cringe, as in humility or fear
3. (tr) to bend (parts of the body), as in humility or fear
n
the act of stooping or bending
[C14: perhaps from Old French crochir to become bent like a hook, from croche hook]

crouch

(kraʊtʃ)

v.i.
1. to stoop low with the knees bent.
2. to bend close to the ground preparing to spring, as a cat.
3. to bow or stoop servilely; cringe.
v.t.
4. to bend (the head or body) low.
n.
5. the act of crouching.
[1175–1225; Middle English crouchen, perhaps b. couchen to lie down (see couch) and croken to crook1]

crouch


Past participle: crouched
Gerund: crouching

Imperative
crouch
crouch
Present
I crouch
you crouch
he/she/it crouches
we crouch
you crouch
they crouch
Preterite
I crouched
you crouched
he/she/it crouched
we crouched
you crouched
they crouched
Present Continuous
I am crouching
you are crouching
he/she/it is crouching
we are crouching
you are crouching
they are crouching
Present Perfect
I have crouched
you have crouched
he/she/it has crouched
we have crouched
you have crouched
they have crouched
Past Continuous
I was crouching
you were crouching
he/she/it was crouching
we were crouching
you were crouching
they were crouching
Past Perfect
I had crouched
you had crouched
he/she/it had crouched
we had crouched
you had crouched
they had crouched
Future
I will crouch
you will crouch
he/she/it will crouch
we will crouch
you will crouch
they will crouch
Future Perfect
I will have crouched
you will have crouched
he/she/it will have crouched
we will have crouched
you will have crouched
they will have crouched
Future Continuous
I will be crouching
you will be crouching
he/she/it will be crouching
we will be crouching
you will be crouching
they will be crouching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been crouching
you have been crouching
he/she/it has been crouching
we have been crouching
you have been crouching
they have been crouching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been crouching
you will have been crouching
he/she/it will have been crouching
we will have been crouching
you will have been crouching
they will have been crouching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been crouching
you had been crouching
he/she/it had been crouching
we had been crouching
you had been crouching
they had been crouching
Conditional
I would crouch
you would crouch
he/she/it would crouch
we would crouch
you would crouch
they would crouch
Past Conditional
I would have crouched
you would have crouched
he/she/it would have crouched
we would have crouched
you would have crouched
they would have crouched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crouch - the act of bending low with the limbs close to the bodycrouch - the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
bending - the act of bending something
Verb1.crouch - bend one's back forward from the waist on downcrouch - 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"
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
squinch - crouch down
cower, huddle - crouch or curl up; "They huddled outside in the rain"
2.crouch - sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
sit, sit down - be seated

crouch

verb bend down, kneel, squat, stoop, bow, duck, hunch A man was crouching behind the bushes.

crouch

verb
To stoop low with the limbs pulled in close to the body:
Translations
يَجْثُـميَرْبِضُيَلْبِدُ ، يرقُدُ استعدادا للهُجوم
krčit sepřikrčit se
krybe sammenligge på spring
kyyristyä
čučnuti
leguggol
hnipra sig samansitja á hækjum sínum
うずくまる
웅크리다
glūdotipritūptitūnotitupėti
pieplaktpietuptiestupēt
prikrčiť sa
počenitiprihuliti se
huka (sig) ner
หมอบลง
çömelmekyere yapışmak
cúi xuống

crouch

[kraʊtʃ] VI (also crouch down) [person] → agacharse, ponerse en cuclillas; [animal] → agazaparse

crouch

[ˈkraʊtʃ] vi
(also crouch down) (= squat down) [person] → s'accroupir; (in order to hide) [person, animal] → se tapir
[animal] (before attacking)se ramasser

crouch

visich zusammenkauern, kauern; to crouch downsich niederkauern
nHocke f; (of animal)Kauerstellung f

crouch

[kraʊtʃ] vi (also crouch down) (person, animal) → accucciarsi, accovacciarsi, acquattarsi

crouch

(krautʃ) verb
1. to stand with the knees well bent; to squat. He crouched behind the bush.
2. (of animals) to lie close to the ground, in fear, readiness for action etc. The tiger was crouching ready to spring on its prey.

crouch

يَرْبِضُ přikrčit se krybe sammen ducken (sich) κάθομαι ανακούρκουδα agacharse, ponerse en cuclillas kyyristyä s’accroupir čučnuti accovacciarsi うずくまる 웅크리다 hurken huke (seg) ned przykucnąć agachar-se присесть huka (sig) ner หมอบลง çömelmek cúi xuống 蹲下
References in classic literature ?
I looked down and saw him in the main fork of the tree crouching close against the trunk.
he shouted his loudest and most belligerent, as he ruffled like a bravo at the gutter-cat beneath him, so that he sent her crouching, with startlement, lower to the floor, her ears wilting rigidly flat and down, her tail lashing, her head turning about the room so that her eyes might penetrate its obscurest corners in quest of the human whose voice had so cried out.
So it was, exercising faculties that were no longer necessary, but that were still alive in him and clamorous for exercise, he followed the long-since passed wood-rat with all the soft-footed crouching craft of the meat-pursuer and with utmost fineness of reading the scent.
So low she was crouching now that she seemed flattened to the earth except for the upward bend of the glossy back as it gathered for the spring.
Though the Bull dug into the walls with his horns, he tired before he could rout out the Mouse, and crouching down, went to sleep outside the hole.
DURING a shower of rain the Keeper of a Zoological garden observed a Man of Principle crouching beneath the belly of the ostrich, which had drawn itself up to its full height to sleep.