crouch

To crouch is to bend your knees, pull your body in, and sit on your heels. This position is called a crouch. You might crouch down to pet a kitten or catch a baseball.

The catcher in baseball stands in a low crouch, waiting for the pitch. Little kids might crouch in a closet or under a table when they play hide and seek. People crouch when they’re in a small space or to keep themselves warm. When you’re in a crouch, your body takes up less space. Crouch comes from the French crochir, "become bent or crooked," after the shape of a hook or a croche.

Definitions of crouch
  1. noun
    the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
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    type of:
    bending
    the act of bending something
  2. verb
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    “he crouched down”
    synonyms: bend, bow, stoop
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    types:
    squinch
    crouch down
    cower, huddle
    crouch or curl up
    type of:
    bend, flex
    form a curve
  3. verb
    sit on one's heels
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