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verb \ˈkach\

: to say or express (something) in a particular way

Full Definition of COUCH

transitive verb
:  to lay (oneself) down for rest or sleep
:  to embroider (a design) by laying down a thread and fastening it with small stitches at regular intervals
:  to place or hold level and pointed forward ready for use
:  to phrase or express in a specified manner <the comments were couched in strong terms>
intransitive verb
:  to lie down or recline for sleep or rest
:  to lie in ambush

Examples of COUCH

  1. <I'm trying to couch this delicately: I don't think we should date anymore.>
  2. <I couched behind the partition so as to avoid an awkward situation with my ex.>

Origin of COUCH

Middle English, from Anglo-French cucher, from Latin collocare to set in place — more at collocate
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with COUCH



: a long piece of furniture on which a person can sit or lie down

: a piece of furniture for a patient to lie on at a doctor's office

Full Definition of COUCH

a :  an article of furniture for sitting or reclining
b :  a couch on which a patient reclines when undergoing psychoanalysis
:  the den of an animal (as an otter)
on the couch
:  receiving psychiatric treatment

Examples of COUCH

  1. <find yourself a place on the couch and make yourself at home>

Origin of COUCH

Middle English couche bed, from Anglo-French kuche, from cucher
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee
ON THE COUCH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkach\

Definition of COUCH for Kids

:  a long piece of furniture that a person can sit or lie on


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