verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to lower the body stance especially by bending the legs <
a sprinter crouched ready to go
b. to lie close to the ground with the legs bent <
a pair of cats, crouching on the brink of a fight — Aldous Huxley
2. to bend or bow servilely ; cringe 3. to stand at a low height <
cottages crouched along the river
transitive verb to bow especially in humility or fear ; bendcrouch noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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