Crouch v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crouched p. pr. & vb. n. Crouching.]
1. To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with the logs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear.
Now crouch like a cur. --Beau. & Fl.
2. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe. “A crouching purpose.”
Must I stand and crouch
Under your testy humor? --Shak.
Crouch, v. t.
1. To sign with the cross; to bless. [Obs.]
2. To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.
She folded her arms across her chest,
And crouched her head upon her breast. --Colerige.
n : the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
v 1: bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched
down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man
stooped to pick up the girl's purse" [syn: stoop, bend,
2: sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth
while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect
themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: squat, scrunch, scrunch
up, hunker, hunker down]