Origin of couvadeFrench from couver, to hatch from Old French cover: see covey
Origin of couvadeFrench from Old French from couver to incubate, hatch from Latin cubāre to lie down on
- A practice among some peoples, such as the Basques, of the husband of a woman in the last stages of pregnancy taking to bed, avoiding certain foods, or imitating other behaviours of a pregnant woman.
- sympathetic pregnancy: the involuntary sympathetic experience of the husband of symptoms of his wife's pregnancy, such as weight gain or morning sickness.
From French couvade (“brooding”)