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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from Old French crochir 'to become hook-shaped', from croche; CROCHET

crouch

verb
     
crouch [intransitive]
1 also crouch down to lower your body close to the ground by bending your knees completely [↪ squat]:
He crouched in the shadows near the doorway.
Paula crouched down and held her hands out to the fire.
2 to bend over something so that you are very near to it [↪ lean]
crouch over
a young girl crouched over a book
crouch noun [countable]
She dropped to the ground in a crouch.

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