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From Middle English crotche, croche (also in unassilibated form croke, "a shepherd's crook"), from Old French croche (“shepherd's crook”); merged with Middle English cruche, crucche (“a crutch”). More at crook, crutch.
- (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.
- 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.
area where something forks
area of a person’s body