- The definition of a couch is a large piece of furniture for sitting or laying down.
An example of couch is a sofa.
- To couch is to put in specific words to create a special feeling.
An example of to couch is to use very kind words to express an unkind comment.
A bright red couch.
couch definition by Webster's New World
- an article of furniture on which one may sit or lie down; sofa; divan
- any resting place
- Old Poet. a place for sleeping; bed
- Obsolete an animal's lair or den
- Brewing a layer of grain spread to germinate
- Fine Arts a priming layer or coat, as of paint or varnish
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French couche, a bed, lair: see couchthe
- to lay or put on or as on a couch, as to sleep: now usually used reflexively or in the passive voice
- to lower or bring down; esp., to lower (a spear, lance, etc.) to an attacking position
- to put in specific or particular words; phrase; express: the speech was couched in flowery language
- to embroider with thread laid flat and fastened down with fine stitches
- Archaic to put in a layer
- Obsolete to hide
- Brewing to spread (grain) in a thin layer to germinate
- Surgery to remove (a cataract) by using a needle to push down the crystalline lens of the eye
Origin: ME couchen < OFr coucher, to lie down < L collocare, to lay < com-, together + locare, to place: see local
- to lie down on a bed, as to sleep; recline
- to lie in hiding or in ambush
- to lie in a pile, as decomposing leaves
couch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A sofa.b. A sofa on which a patient lies while undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.
- a. The frame or floor on which grain, usually barley, is spread in malting.b. A layer of grain, usually barley, spread to germinate.
- A priming coat of paint or varnish used in artistic painting.
- To word in a certain manner; phrase: couched their protests in diplomatic language.
- To cause (oneself) to lie down, as for rest.
- To embroider by laying thread flat on a surface and fastening it by stitches at regular intervals.
- To spread (grain) on a couch to germinate, as in malting.
- To lower (a spear, for example) to horizontal position, as for an attack.
- To lie down; recline, as for rest.
- To lie in ambush or concealment; lurk.
- To be in a heap or pile, as leaves for decomposition or fermentation.
Origin: Middle English couche, from Old French culche, couche, from couchier, to lay down, lie down, from Latin collocāre; see collocate.
- couchˈer noun
couch - Phrases/Idioms
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