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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sofa, couch, loungenoun

    an upholstered seat for more than one person

  2. couchnoun

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

  3. couchverb

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

  4. frame, redact, cast, put, couchverb

    formulate in a particular style or language

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Couchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    So Satan fell; and straight a firy globe
    Of angels on full sail of wing flew nigh,
    Who on their plumy vans receiv’d him soft,
    From his uneasy station, and upbore
    As on a floating couch through the blithe air. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    To loll on couches, rich with citron steds,
    And lay their guilty limbs in Tyrian beds. John Dryden, Virg. Geo.

    Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
    A couch for luxury and damned incest. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Dire was the tossing! deep the groans! despair
    Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    This gentle knight, inspir’d by jolly May,
    Forsook his early couch at early day. John Dryden, Fables.

    O, ye immortal pow’rs that guard the just,
    Watch round his couch, and soften his repose. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    This heap is called by maltsters a couch, or bed of raw malt. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  2. To Couchverb

    Where unbruised youth, with unstuff’d brain,
    Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign. William Shakespeare.

    If the weather be warm, we immediately couch malt about a foot thick; but if a hotter season require it, we spread it on the floor much thinner. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    The sea and the land make one globe; and the waters couch themselves, as close as may be, to the centre of this globe, in a spherical convexity. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    It is at this day in use at Gaza, to couch potsherds, or vessels of earth, in their walls, to gather the wind from the top, and to pass it down in spouts into rooms. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    But who will call those noble who deface,
    By meaner acts, the glories of their race;
    Whose only title to our father’s fame,
    Is couch’d in the dead letters of their name? John Dryden, Juv.

    That great argument for a future state, which St. Paul hath couched in the words I have read to you. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The foundation of all parables is some analogy or similitude between the topical or allusive part of the parable and the thing couched under it, and intended by it. Robert South, Sermons.

    There is all this, and more, that lies naturally couched under this allegory. Roger L'Estrange, Fable 3.

    The true notion of the institution being lost, the tradition of the deluge, which was couched under it, was thereupon at length suspended and lost. John Woodward, Natural History.

    And over all, with brazen scales was arm’d,
    Like plated coat of steel, so couched near,
    That nought might pierce. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant. 11.

    The knight ’gan fairly couch his steady spear,
    And fiercely ran at him with rigorous might. Fairy Queen.

    Before each van
    Prick forth the aery knights, and couch their spears,
    ’Till thickest legions close. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    The former wav’d in air
    His flaming sword, Æneas couch’d his spear. John Dryden, Æn.

    Some artist, whose nice hand
    Couches the cataracts, and clears his eyes,
    And all at once a flood of glorious light
    Comes rushing on his eyes. John Dennis.

    Whether the cataract be wasted by being separated from its vessels, I have never known positively, by dissecting one that had been couched. Samuel Sharp.

  3. To COUCHverb

    Etymology: coucher, French.

    If I court more women, you’ll couch with more men. William Shakespeare.

    Doth not the gentleman
    Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,
    As ever Beatrice shall couch upon. William Shakespeare.

    When love’s fair goddess
    Couch’d with her husband in his golden bed. John Dryden, Æn.

    Trees bent their heads to hear him sing his wrongs,
    Fierce tygers couch’d around, and loll’d their fawning tongues. John Dryden, Virg. Geor. b. iv. l. 41.

    These when death Comes like a rushing lion, couch like spaniels,
    With lolling tongues, and tremble at the paw. Dryden.

    We’ll couch i’ th’ castle-ditch, ’till we see the light of our fairies. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The earl of Angus couched in a furrow, and was passed over for dead, until a horse was brought for his escape. John Hayward.

    Blessed of the Lord be his land for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath. Deutr. xxxiii. 13.

    To couch down between Issachar, is a strong ass couching down between two burdens. Gen. xlix. 14.

    These couchings, and these lowly curtesies,
    Might stir the blood of ordinary men. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.


  1. Couch

    A couch, also known as a sofa, settee, or chesterfield, is a cushioned item of furniture for seating multiple people (although it is not uncommon for a single person to use a couch alone). It is commonly found in the form of a bench with upholstered armrests and is often fitted with springs and tailored cushion and pillows. Although a couch is used primarily for seating, it may be used for sleeping. In homes, couches are normally put in the family room, living room, den, or lounge. They are sometimes also found in non-residential settings such as hotels, lobbies of commercial offices, waiting rooms, and bars. Couches can also vary in size, color, and design.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Couchverb

    to lay upon a bed or other resting place

  2. Couchverb

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

  3. Couchverb

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

  4. Couchverb

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

  5. Couchverb

    to conceal; to include or involve darkly

  6. Couchverb

    to arrange; to place; to inlay

  7. Couchverb

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

  8. Couchverb

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

  9. Couchverb

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

  10. Couchverb

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

  11. Couchverb

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

  12. Couchverb

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

  13. Couchverb

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

  14. Couchverb

    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. Couchverb

    a preliminary layer, as of color, size, etc

  16. Etymology: [F. coucher to lay down, lie down, OF. colchier, fr. L. collocare to lay, put, place; col- + locare to place, fr. locus place. See Locus.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Couch

    kowch, v.t. to lay down on a bed, &c.: to lower: to level: to arrange in language, to express: to depress or remove a cataract in the eye.—v.i. to lie down for the purpose of sleep, concealment, &c.: to bend or stoop in reverence.—n. any place for rest or sleep: a bed: the lair of a wild beast.—adj. Couch′ant, couching or lying down: (her.) of a beast lying down with his head up.—ns. Couch′-fell′ow, Couch′-mate, a bed-fellow; Couching.—Couch a spear, to fix it in its rest at the side of the armour. [Fr. coucher, to lie down—L. collocāre, to place—com, together, locus, a place.]

  2. Couch

    kowch, Couch-grass, kowch′-gras, n. a grass of the same genus with wheat, but a widespread and troublesome weed. [A variant of Quitch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. couch

    A sort of chamber or apartment in a large ship of war, just before the great cabin. The floor of it is formed by the aftmost part of the quarter-deck, and the roof of it by the poop: it is generally the habitation of the flag-captain.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of couch in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of couch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of couch in a Sentence

  1. Trucker Csaba Vizi:

    I think it's wonderful, i'll tell you why: because even more Canadians who have been looking at the whole thing passively from their home, their couch … they might want to wake up and stand up with us.

  2. Eve Byrd:

    The general public does not understand what therapy means, they might say,' Oh my gosh, I am not going to be laying on a couch telling my deepest, darkest thoughts. That's frightening,'.

  3. Matt Turner:

    I remember where I was when the U.S. failed to qualify back in 2017, and to think about that moment from my couch and to be here now to, to have the opportunity to have a say in righting the ship is truly an honor.

  4. Jim Ambrose:

    It puts me in a position of somebody who is being proactive about their life. One who is acting in defense of Jim Ambrose and others, to couch it that way informs the listener -- often a potential sexual partner -- that I care what you think, but I know enough about Jim Ambrose to know that if you want to perceive me as a victim, cry for me, be disgusted by me or get up and leave, you can do all of those things.

  5. Sam Baker:

    She had me sit on the couch, she got her favorite children’s book, climbed into my lap, faced away from me, read me the whole book, closed it with authority, turned around and gave me the biggest smile.

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