- a piece of furniture for seating from two to four people, typically in the form of a bench with a back, sometimes having an armrest at one or each end, and partly or wholly upholstered and often fitted with springs, tailored cushions, skirts, etc.; sofa.
- a similar article of furniture, with a headrest at one end, on which some patients of psychiatrists or psychoanalysts lie while undergoing treatment.
- a bed or other place of rest; a lounge; any place used for repose.
- the lair of a wild beast.
- Brewing. the frame on which barley is spread to be malted.
- Papermaking. the board or felt blanket on which wet pulp is laid for drying into paper sheets.
- Fine Arts. a primer coat or layer, as of paint.
- to arrange or frame (words, a sentence, etc.); put into words; express: a simple request couched in respectful language.
- to express indirectly or obscurely: the threat couched under his polite speech.
- to lower or bend down, as the head.
- to lower (a spear, lance, etc.) to a horizontal position, as for attack.
- to put or lay down, as for rest or sleep; cause to lie down.
- to lay or spread flat.
- Papermaking. to transfer (a sheet of pulp) from the wire to the couch.
- to embroider by couching.
- Archaic. to hide; conceal.
- to lie at rest or asleep; repose; recline.
- to crouch; bend; stoop.
- to lie in ambush or in hiding; lurk.
- to lie in a heap for decomposition or fermentation, as leaves.
- on the couch, Informal. undergoing psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment.
Origin of couch
Examples from the Web for couch
I watch every episode alone on my couch and I just sit there and laugh, and laugh.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
In short, we found ways to couch messages of failure or inadequacy.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
With the first set I did, the colors of the couch determined that the rest of it would be blue and yellow and white.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 15-21, 2014
December 21, 2014
I need my best friend to sit on the couch and watch TV with me; I need Wonder Woman to save the world.Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
December 16, 2014
Afterward, I looked downward, and saw my dead body lying on a couch.
Pericles went to seek his son, and found him reclining on the couch where he had left him.
They laid Paralus upon a couch, with the belief that he slept to wake no more.
She arose, gently placed his arm on the couch, and looked upon his face.
Aspasia sank on the couch, and bowed her head upon her hands.
- a piece of upholstered furniture, usually having a back and armrests, for seating more than one person
- a bed, esp one used in the daytime by the patients of a doctor or a psychoanalyst
- a frame upon which barley is malted
- a priming layer of paint or varnish, esp in a painting
- a board on which sheets of handmade paper are dried by pressing
- a felt blanket onto which sheets of partly dried paper are transferred for further drying
- a roll on a papermaking machine from which the wet web of paper on the wire is transferred to the next section
- archaic the lair of a wild animal
- (tr) to express in a particular style of languagecouched in an archaic style
- (when tr, usually reflexive or passive) to lie down or cause to lie down for or as for sleep
- (intr) archaic to lie in ambush; lurk
- (tr) to spread (barley) on a frame for malting
- (intr) (of decomposing leaves) to lie in a heap or bed
- (tr) to embroider or depict by couching
- (tr) to lift (sheets of handmade paper) onto the board on which they will be dried
- (tr) surgery to remove (a cataract) by downward displacement of the lens of the eye
- (tr) archaic to lower (a lance) into a horizontal position
Word Origin and History for couch
c.1300, "to overlay with gold, inlay," from Old French couchier "to lay down, place; go to bed, put to bed," from Latin collocare "to lay, place, station, arrange," from com- "together" (see com-) + locare "to place" (see locate). Meaning "to put into words" is from 1520s. Related: Couched; couching. Heraldic couchant ("lying down with the head up") is late 15c., from the French present participle.
mid-14c., from Old French couche (12c.) "a bed, lair," from coucher "to lie down," from Latin collocare (see couch (v.)). Traditionally, a couch has the head end only raised, and only half a back; a sofa has both ends raised and a full back; a settee is like a sofa but may be without arms; an ottoman has neither back nor arms, nor has a divan, the distinctive feature of which is that it goes against a wall. Couch potato first recorded 1979.