- 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 couched
While those state proposals largely failed, new legislation has been couched in similar fears.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
Far from a rant, her tone throughout is cool and methodical, and her critiques are couched more in sorrow than in anger.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?
October 29, 2014
They once would have seemed full of attitude, couched in almost illegible forms.Transmuting Lead into Thoughts
June 10, 2013
In his 35-minute address, Cruz pushed familiar Republican policy prescriptions but couched them in the concerns of Mother Teresa.Ted Cruz Woos New York Republicans but Skips All Talk of 2016
May 30, 2013
The administration is careful to point out that Rice couched everything she said as being the best assessment at the time.Write About Terrorism? Nah, Let’s All Bash Mitt Romney Instead!
September 28, 2012
“He is here,” he repeated gravely, and the words were couched in his choicest accents.Once to Every Man
Couched, unbandaged, on a board, In a nailed coffin's place.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
He frowned, less at my refusal than at the terms in which it was couched.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
She couched the rejection, it is true, in the most soothing terms.
It was couched in terms insulting to all the members elect from that district.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
- 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 couched
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.