|Origin:||Perhaps from Old French crochir 'to become hook-shaped', from croche; CROCHET|
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.
to bend over something so that you are very near to it [↪ lean]
a young girl crouched over a book
—crouch noun [countable]
She dropped to the ground in a crouch.