[ kouch or for 6, 14, kooch ]
/ kaʊtʃ or for 6, 14, kutʃ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


    on the couch, Informal. undergoing psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment.

Origin of couch

1300–50; (noun) Middle English couche < Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of coucher; (v.) Middle English couchen < Anglo-French, Old French coucher, Old French colcher < Latin collocāre to put into place, equivalent to col- col-1 + locāre to put, place; see locate

Related forms

well-couched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couch


/ (kaʊtʃ) /



Derived Forms

coucher, noun

Word Origin for couch

C14: from Old French couche a bed, lair, from coucher to lay down, from Latin collocāre to arrange, from locāre to place; see locate
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