couch

verb
\ ˈkau̇ch How to pronounce couch (audio) \
couched; couching; couches

Definition of couch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay (oneself) down for rest or sleep The lion couched himself by a tree.
2 : to embroider (a design) by laying down a thread and fastening it with small stitches at regular intervals
3 : to place or hold level and pointed forward ready for use Couching his lance, he seated himself firmly in his saddle …— W. Somerset Maugham
4 : to phrase or express in a specified manner The comments were couched in strong terms.

intransitive verb

1 : to lie down or recline for sleep or rest the odd way a camel couches
2 : to lie in ambush The tiger couches in the thick grass, watching its prey move closer.

couch

noun

Definition of couch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an article of furniture for sitting or reclining
b : a couch on which a patient reclines when undergoing psychoanalysis
2 : the den of an animal (such as an otter)
on the couch
: receiving psychoanalytic treatment

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Examples of couch in a Sentence

Verb I'm trying to couch this delicately: I don't think we should date anymore. I couched behind the partition so as to avoid an awkward situation with my ex. Noun find yourself a place on the couch and make yourself at home
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But that doesn’t include those who couch surf — staying a night or two with friends and family — or who had collected enough money to pay for a motel room the night of the count. Liz Hardaway, ExpressNews.com, "‘Used to chaos’ — Young San Antonio homeless need extra help to become self-sufficient," 10 Jan. 2021 While the Air Force had tried to couch the recent demonstration as being about reconnaissance, in the training exercise that reconnaissance helped select targets for a missile strike. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Air Force A.I. test raises concerns over killer robots," 21 Dec. 2020 But in years past, when addressing their social media audiences, many were content to couch their political opinions in platitudes about the importance of natural spaces. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Politics on Instagram: Mountain athletes reach out to millions of voters before Election Day," 1 Nov. 2020 Book didn’t couch his words like Williams did when talking about the Irish offensive line. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Offensive line paves way to victory over Florida State," 11 Oct. 2020 That would couch California’s ability to enforce any zero-emissions vehicle mandate. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by National Clean Energy Week: Number of nuclear reactors at 30-year low — what it means," 24 Sep. 2020 But Democratic politicians have usually been careful to couch them in national pride. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Blame America first and last: Republicans pan Democratic convention US history lesson," 20 Aug. 2020 Directness couched in humor Smith’s ties to Ralph Parr date to the early 1990s when both were principals: Smith at Ball High School in Galvston and Parr at Clear Creek High. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "‘Irreplaceable’ Clear Creek ISD leader remembered for high-fives, common sense," 5 Mar. 2020 Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has long couched his attacks on refugees as a defence of European civilisation. The Economist, "Charlemagne Huntington’s disease and the clash of civilisation-states," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Winter storm warnings this week will give some of us time to snuggle up on the couch and catch up on some work at home, or some movies. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Snow movies: 25 flaky films to watch in the winter weather, from ‘Fargo’ to ‘Frozen’," 15 Feb. 2021 While sitting on the couch, Shah gets excited and girlishly kicks her heels in the air. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Is Culturally Sensitive Trash," 8 Feb. 2021 Similarly, many spots will be open with their usual menus — and celebrating a relationship with dumplings or tacos on the couch is never a bad option. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "20 Bay Area blow-out meals for Valentine's Day meals, whether outdoor dining or takeout," 8 Feb. 2021 Which could well be enough to keep some on the couch most of Saturday, too. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "Winter storm could bring 6 to 8 inches of snow to Boston Sunday," 6 Feb. 2021 The actress shared another photo of her late pet, in which Valentino is seen resting on Pompeo's chest while the pair snuggle on the couch. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Ellen Pompeo Mourns the Death of Her Beloved Dog Valentino: 'What a Blessing This Bond Was'," 6 Feb. 2021 Credit Michael Jackson for elevating the Super Bowl halftime show to something worth staying on the couch to watch instead of beelining for another round of nachos. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "Music Notes: from U2 to Lady Gaga, notable Super Bowl halftime performances linger," 3 Feb. 2021 Her mother, D'Zondria Wallace, lay dead on the couch with two apparent gunshot wounds. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Murder charges: 11-year-old boy identified shooter of St. Paul triple murder before his death," 2 Feb. 2021 One morning, Tara, sleeping on the couch, woke up to find an irritated Gladstone sitting on her legs. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of couch

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for couch

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French cucher, from Latin collocare to set in place — more at collocate

Noun

Middle English couche bed, from Anglo-French kuche, from cucher

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Time Traveler for couch

Time Traveler

The first known use of couch was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Couch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/couch. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for couch

couch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of couch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

couch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of couch (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

couch

noun
\ ˈkau̇ch How to pronounce couch (audio) \

Kids Definition of couch

: a long piece of furniture that a person can sit or lie on
\ ˈkau̇ch How to pronounce couch (audio) \

Medical Definition of couch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to treat (a cataract or a person who has a cataract) by displacing the lens of the eye into the vitreous body

couch

noun

Medical Definition of couch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an article of furniture used (as by a patient undergoing psychoanalysis) for sitting or reclining
on the couch
: receiving psychiatric treatment

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