couch grass

[kouch, kooch]


any of various grasses, especially Agropyron repens, known chiefly as troublesome weeds and characterized by creeping rootstocks that spread rapidly.

Origin of couch grass

1570–80; couch, variant of quitch
Also called quitch, quitch grass. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for couch-grass

Historical Examples of couch-grass

  • Tares, turnip-fly, charlock, couch-grass and their like—these were his enemies which he hated.

    The Land's End

    W. H. Hudson

  • Indeed, I am sure that it is a Couch-grass, if the plants I there saw came from her seed.

    Cottage Economy

    William Cobbett

  • One of them ate soup and bread, and throve like couch-grass.

  • On the other side of the wall enclosing our yard, which faces due south, is a narrow path overgrown with couch-grass.

  • One very remarkable minor feature was the appearance of couch-grass and horehound, which had sprung up around the stockyards.

British Dictionary definitions for couch-grass

couch grass


a grass, Agropyron repens, with a yellowish-white creeping underground stem by which it spreads quickly: a troublesome weedSometimes shortened to: couch Also called: scutch grass, twitch grass, quitch grass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for couch-grass

1570s; the first element is a corruption of Old English cwice (see quick).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper