Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “crouch”


verb [I]     /kraʊtʃ/
to bend your knees and lower yourself so that you are close to the ground and leaning forward slightly: She saw him coming and crouched (down) behind a bush.Sitting and standingNot holding the body uprightReclining crouch     noun [S]
(Definition of crouch verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of crouch

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Not holding the body upright, but you might be interested in these topics from the Moving or holding the body in various ways topic area:

Definitions of “crouch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More