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Of disputed origin; two possibilities seem likely:
- From Middle English croche, variant of crucche (“crutch”); compare crook.
- From Middle English croche, variant of crouche (“cross, crozier”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /kɹɑtʃ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɹɒtʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒtʃ
crotch (plural crotches)
- The area where something forks or branches, a ramification takes place.
- There is a child sitting in a crotch of that tree.
- The ventral area (very bottom) of the human body between where the legs fork from the torso, in the area of the genitals and anus.
- Every mile they rode their crotches felt worse saddlepain.
- (slang, euphemistic) Either the male or female genitalia.
- He cringed at being kicked in the crotch.
- (billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table.
- (typography) The open counter (negative space) formed by two downward strokes that meet at an internal acute angle, potentially above a vertex, as in the letters "V" and "Y".
area where something forks
area of a person’s body