[ kou-ching ]
/ ˈkaʊ tʃɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that couches.
a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread through the material.
work so made.

Origin of couching

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at couch, -ing1

Definition for couching (2 of 2)


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


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couching (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ) /


  1. a method of embroidery in which the thread is caught down at intervals by another thread passed through the material from beneath
  2. a pattern or work done by this method

British Dictionary definitions for couching (2 of 2)


/ (kaʊtʃ) /



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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