Crotch Crotch (kr[o^]ch; 224), n.; pl. {Crotches} (kr[o^]ch"[e^]z). [Cf. {Crotchet}, {Crutch}.] 1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a tree. more specifically, the space on the human torso between the two legs; also, the corresponding part between the legs of a pair of pants, which is in contact with the crotch of the wearer; as, pants with a tight crotch have become very popular. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Naut.) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also {crane} and {crutch}. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

3. (Billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table. See {Crotched}, below. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • crotch — UK [krɒtʃ] / US [krɑtʃ] or crutch UK [krʌtʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms crotch : singular crotch plural crotches Word forms crutch : singular crutch plural crutches a) British the area between your legs where they join your body b) British… …   English dictionary

  • crotch — crotch, crutch It s as well not to confuse these two words. Crotch is the part of the human body between the legs at their junction with the torso; a crutch (although it is occasionally used as a variant of crotch) is a support (both physical,… …   Modern English usage

  • crotch — [krɔtʃ US kra:tʃ] n also crutch BrE [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from crutch] the part of your body between the tops of your legs, or the part of a piece of clothing that covers this →↑groin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crotch — [ kratʃ ] noun count the area between your legs where they join your body a. the part of a piece of clothing that covers this area …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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