couch

[kouch or for 6, 14, kooch]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Idioms

    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 formswell-couched, adjective
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  • Afterward, I looked downward, and saw my dead body lying on a couch.

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  • Pericles went to seek his son, and found him reclining on the couch where he had left him.

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  • They laid Paralus upon a couch, with the belief that he slept to wake no more.

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  • She arose, gently placed his arm on the couch, and looked upon his face.

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  • Aspasia sank on the couch, and bowed her head upon her hands.

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British Dictionary definitions for couch

couch

noun

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
papermaking
  1. a board on which sheets of handmade paper are dried by pressing
  2. a felt blanket onto which sheets of partly dried paper are transferred for further drying
  3. 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

verb

(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
Derived Formscoucher, 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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Word Origin and History for couch
v.

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.

n.

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.

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