crouch


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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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
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crouch

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

verb
To stoop low with the limbs pulled in close to the body:
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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
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crouch

[ˈkraʊtʃ] vi
(also crouch down) (= squat down) [person] → s'accroupir; (in order to hide) [person, animal] → se tapir
[animal] (before attacking)se ramasser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

crouch

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

[kraʊtʃ] vi (also crouch down) (person, animal) → accucciarsi, accovacciarsi, acquattarsi
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

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
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References in classic literature ?
Crouch (known and respected wherever English manhood is known and respected) was a retired prize-fighter.
"Fight, you beggar, as if you were in the Ring again with orders to win." No man knew better than the great and terrible Crouch what real fighting meant, and what heavy blows might be given even with such apparently harmless weapons as stuffed and padded gloves.
As he watched the cat deliberately crouch for the spring, Cocky, gallant mote of life that he was, betrayed his one and forgivable panic.
The erect and majestic pose of the great frame shrank suddenly into a sinister crouch as, slowly and gently as one who treads on eggs, the devil-faced cat crept forward toward the girl.
Her mate had slowly relaxed from his crouch and was watching her.
I no longer cared to play, but crouched trembling close to my limb.
He crouched on the jungle floor, peering around a great root of a board tree.
The little fellow crouched trembling just an instant, but that instant was quite long enough to prove his undoing.
Back into my corner I crouched holding my hands palms out, before me, and stealthily on came the awful eyes until they reached the dead body at my feet.
The men crouched among the trees and pointed their restless guns out at the fields.
I crawled out almost immediately, and crouched, my feet still in the water, under a clump of furze.
Quasimodo stationed himself in front of this open throat; he crouched and rose with the oscillations of the bell, breathed in this overwhelming breath, gazed by turns at the deep place, which swarmed with people, two hundred feet below him, and at that enormous, brazen tongue which came, second after second, to howl in his ear.