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.

Primary Meanings of crouch

1.
nv
the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
bend one's back forward from the waist on down
2.
v
sit on one's heels
Full Definitions of crouch
1

n the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body

Type of:
bending
the act of bending something

v bend one's back forward from the waist on down

“he crouched down”
Synonyms:
bend, bow, stoop
Types:
squinch
crouch down
cower, huddle
crouch or curl up
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve
2

v sit on one's heels

Synonyms:
hunker, hunker down, scrunch, scrunch up, squat
Type of:
sit, sit down
be seated

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