Definitions for couchkaʊtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a piece of upholstered furniture for seating usu. two to four people, typically having a back and an armrest at one or both ends.

    Category: Furniture

  2. a long upholstered seat with a headrest at one end, on which a person reclines; lounge.

    Category: Furniture

  3. a bed or other place of rest; any place used for repose.

    Category: Furniture

  4. the lair of a wild beast.

  5. (v.t.)to arrange or frame (words, a sentence, etc.); express.

  6. to express indirectly or obscurely:

    to couch a threat in pleasant words.

  7. to lower or bend down, as the head.

  8. to lower (a spear, lance, etc.) to a horizontal position, as for attack.

  9. to put or lay down, as for rest or sleep; cause to lie down.

  10. (v.i.)to lie at rest or asleep; repose; recline.

  11. to crouch; bend; stoop.

  12. to lie in ambush or in hiding; lurk.

  13. to lie in a heap for decomposition or fermentation, as leaves.

Origin of couch:

1300–50; ME < AF, OF coucher, OF colcher < L collocāre to put into place =col-col -1+locāre to put, place; see locate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sofa, couch, lounge(noun)

    an upholstered seat for more than one person

  2. couch(noun)

    a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer

  3. couch(verb)

    a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment

  4. frame, redact, cast, put, couch(verb)

    formulate in a particular style or language

    "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. couch(noun)ʊtʃ

    a long comfortable seat for more than one person; = sofa

Webster Dictionary

  1. Couch(verb)

    to lay upon a bed or other resting place

  2. Couch(verb)

    to arrange or dispose as in a bed; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun

  3. Couch(verb)

    to lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed

  4. Couch(verb)

    to transfer (as sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire cloth mold to a felt blanket, for further drying

  5. Couch(verb)

    to conceal; to include or involve darkly

  6. Couch(verb)

    to arrange; to place; to inlay

  7. Couch(verb)

    to put into some form of language; to express; to phrase; -- used with in and under

  8. Couch(verb)

    to treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as, to couch a cataract

  9. Couch(verb)

    to lie down or recline, as on a bed or other place of rest; to repose; to lie

  10. Couch(verb)

    to lie down for concealment; to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly

  11. Couch(verb)

    to bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch

  12. Couch(verb)

    a bed or place for repose or sleep; particularly, in the United States, a lounge

  13. Couch(verb)

    any place for repose, as the lair of a beast, etc

  14. Couch(verb)

    a mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley; as, couch of malt

  15. Couch(verb)

    a preliminary layer, as of color, size, etc


  1. Couch

    A couch or sofa is a piece of furniture for seating two or more persons in the form of a bench, with or without armrests, that is partly or wholly upholstered, and often fitted with springs and tailored cushions. Although a couch is used primarily for seating, it may be used for reclining. In homes, couches are normally found in the family room, living room, den, sitting room or the lounge. They are also found in hotels, lobbies of commercial offices, waiting rooms, furniture stores, etc. The term 'couch' is used in North America, Australia, New Zealand, whilst the term 'sofa' is generally used in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The word originated in Middle English from the Old French noun couche, which derived from the verb meaning 'to lie down'. It originally denoted an item of furniture for lying or sleeping on, somewhat like a chaise longue, but now refers to sofas in general. Other terms synonymous with the above definition of couch are sofa, settee, chesterfield, divan, davenport, and canapé. The word sofa is from Turkish derived from the Arabic word suffa for 'carpet' or 'divan', originating in the Aramaic word sippa for 'mat'. The word settee comes from the Old English word, 'setl', which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms, but is now generally used to describe upholstered seating.

Translations for couch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of sofa for sitting or lying on

The doctor asked him to lie on the couch.

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