Couch Definition

kouch
couched, couches, couching
noun
couches
An article of furniture on which one may sit or lie down; sofa; divan.
Webster's New World
A sofa on which a patient lies while undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.
American Heritage
Any resting place.
Webster's New World
A place for sleeping; bed.
Webster's New World
The frame or floor on which grain, usually barley, is spread in malting.
American Heritage
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verb
couched, couches, couching
To lay or put on or as on a couch, as to sleep.
Webster's New World
To cause (oneself) to lie down, as for rest.
American Heritage
To put in specific or particular words; phrase; express.
The speech was couched in flowery language.
Webster's New World
To embroider with thread laid flat and fastened down with fine stitches.
Webster's New World
To lie down on a bed, as to sleep; recline.
Webster's New World
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adjective

(heraldry) Not erect; inclined.

Wiktionary
(heraldry) Lying on its side.
A chevron couché is one which emerges from one side of the escutcheon and has its apex on the opposite side, or at the fess point.
Wiktionary
idiom
on the couch
  • undergoing psychotherapy
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Couch

Noun

Singular:
couch
Plural:
couches

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Couch

  • on the couch

Origin of Couch

  • Middle English couche from Old French culche, couche from couchier to lay down, lie down from Latin collocāre collocate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From quitch, from Old English cwice, from Middle Low German kweke.

    From Wiktionary

  • French, past participle of coucher (“to lay, to lay down”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French couchier

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French couche.

    From Wiktionary

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