[ kou-ching ]

  1. the act of a person or thing that couches.

  2. 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.

  1. work so made.

Origin of couching

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

Words Nearby couching Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use couching in a sentence

  • There we laid the beauty across the feet of the princess, her fore-paws outstretched, and her head couching between them.

    Lilith | George MacDonald
  • He sat there until the couching sun brought long, thin shadows and a false promise of coolness.

    Back Home | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for couching


/ (ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ) /

    • a method of embroidery in which the thread is caught down at intervals by another thread passed through the material from beneath

    • a pattern or work done by this method

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