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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crouchverb

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

  2. crouch, stoop, bend, bowverb

    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"

  3. squat, crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker downverb

    sit on one's heels

    "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Crouchverb

    Etymology: crochu, crooked, French.

    Every one that is left in thine house, shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread. 1 Sa. ii. 36.

    At his heels,
    Leasht in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire,
    Crouch for employment. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    They fawn and crouch to men of parts, whom they cannot ruin; quote them, when they are present; and, when they are absent, steal their jests. John Dryden, Aurengzebe, Pref.

    Too well the vigour of that arm they know;
    They lick the dust, and crouch beneath their fatal foe. Dryd.

    Your shameful story shall record of me,
    The men all crouch’d, and left a woman free. John Dryden, In. Emp.


  1. crouch

    Crouch refers to the action or posture of lowering your body down towards the ground by bending your legs. It may be done to avoid detection, to prepare to leap or move quickly, or for any other similar reasons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crouchverb

    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

  2. Crouchverb

    to bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe

  3. Crouchverb

    to sign with the cross; to bless

  4. Crouchverb

    to bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear

  5. Etymology: [OE. cruchen, crouchen, from cruche, crouche, cross. Cf. Crosier, Crook.]


  1. Crouch

    Crouch is a city in Boise County, Idaho, United States. The population was 162 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was founded in 1934, and named for resident William Crouch.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crouch

    krowch, v.i. to squat or lie close to the ground: to cringe: to fawn. [Possibly crook.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crouch is ranked #1497 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crouch surname appeared 23,923 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Crouch.

    90.3% or 21,602 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 1,287 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 443 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 335 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 134 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 122 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crouch in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crouch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of crouch in a Sentence

  1. Robert Browning:

    Why comes temptation, but for man to meet and master and crouch beneath his foot, and so be pedestaled in triumph?

  2. Claire McCaskill:

    We have got to get out of this defensive crouch about liability litigation and get into an offensive position about making sure drivers are safe.

  3. Ryan Hobbs:

    My instincts tell me they are concerned more about people like Mr. White suing them for being stopped in the course of a theft than they are about rewarding or acknowledging in a positive manner that Mr. Crouch may have saved lives.

  4. Carolyn Dunford:

    I think I had been driving for about 45 minutes and at about 7:45 a.m., I saw a group of cars crawling along, i pulled up with them and there were the two lions walking towards me. One of them saw the kudu [type of large antelope] in the bushes and I saw the lion crouch.

  5. Soddy Cheng:

    The tailors usually don't meet the customers. But this 3D technology can help them visualize the customers' body shape, so during the process of making the suit, they can easily imagine the customers' body shapes, and also things like do they crouch? Do they stick their chest out? Do they have big bellies? These ideas can help them during the process.

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Translations for crouch

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  • раболепнича, стоя приведен, свивам, прекръствам, навеждам се, свивам сеBulgarian
  • kauernGerman
  • κουλουριάζω, κάθομαι οκλαδόνGreek
  • acuclillarse, genuflexión, agacharse, inclinación, persignarse, inclinarse, encogerseSpanish
  • kyykky, kyykistyä, kumara, kyyristyä, kumartuaFinnish
  • se tapir, s'accroupir, se recroquevillerFrench
  • cromScottish Gaelic
  • accovacciarsiItalian
  • しゃがむ, 蹲るJapanese
  • whakamaoko, whakapāhakeMāori
  • agacharPortuguese
  • ghemuitRomanian
  • извиваться, виться, раболепствовать, пресмыкаться, приседать, присестьRussian
  • prekrižiti, saviti, prekrstiti, čučnutiSerbo-Croatian
  • çömelmekTurkish
  • crouchVietnamese
  • 蹲伏Chinese

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    • A. chin-wag
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