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.
- To stoop, especially with the knees bent: crouched over the grate, searching for his keys.
- To press the entire body close to the ground with the limbs bent: a cat crouching near its prey.
- To bend servilely or timidly; cringe.
- To bend (the head or knee, for example) low, as in fear or humility.
- The act or posture of bending low or crouching.