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 The Trojans moved the ball into East Chambers territory and couched up the ball again. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Miscues end Coldspring-Oakhurst’s season, 42-20," 15 Nov. 2019 Supporters say minorities often face discrimination that’s couched in criticism of their hair texture or style. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 Some of the critics couched their observations in the form of a question. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Twitter critics claim Melania Trump's coat in 9/11 tribute looks like plane flying into tower," 11 Sep. 2019 Since Google Fiber's February announcement, Fischer's team has sought to couch the demise as a positive in pushing other internet service providers to offer faster options. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Repairs underway on roads left damaged after Google Fiber's exit from Louisville," 28 Aug. 2019 The brief makes the same persuasive arguments for mootness that the city presented but couches them in unusually strident terms. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court mulls whether to ditch a gun-rights case," 11 Sep. 2019 Shenanigans are couched in terms of charming calamity. Joel Lewin, Quartz, "There’s no such thing as a “functioning alcoholic”," 5 Sep. 2019 Masked anger While attacks in both nations are couched in xenophobic rhetoric, in reality they are driven more by stoked economic tensions and growing inequality. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Xenophobic attacks on African migrants in South Africa have been escalated by misinformation," 4 Sep. 2019 Of note: Glenn Gordon Caron, showrunner on Bull, is also receiving leadership couching, as part of a decision mutually reached by him and the network. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "CBS Defends Renewing ‘Bull’ After Allegations: ‘People Continued to Watch’," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Skip the shopping and hit the theaters ... or couchOne of the biggest holidays of the year deserves good TV and movies to go along with your leftovers. Editors, USA TODAY, "Black Friday, Thanksgiving leftovers: 5 things to know Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 Various items were strewn about the warehouse and storefront, including plastic storage bins, shoes, a couch, clip boards and glassware, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Goodwill employee charged with theft, burglary at Westminster store," 26 Nov. 2019 The first photo features two babies dressed as Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie napping on the Griswold family's couch. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This ‘Christmas Vacation’ Photo Shoot Featuring Newborn Babies Will Crack You Up," 25 Nov. 2019 Here’s another parade of dignitaries, long conversations on terrible couches, banal governmental hyperrealism crafted by someone who hates politics too much to understand it. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Attack of the Clones," 20 Nov. 2019 The incident happened Tuesday afternoon as the homeowner was sitting on the couch along with her dogs, according to South metro Fire Rescue. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Car plows across section of golf course in Castle Pines crashing into home, driver injured," 19 Nov. 2019 Cam Kirk is seated on the couch inside his photography studio next to a window that overlooks Atlanta’s famed Magic City strip club. Jewel Wicker, Billboard, "Spotlight: Photographer Cam Kirk Is Taking Inspiration From Record Labels for His New 'Collective Gallery'," 19 Nov. 2019 Perched on the interview couch were Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Frozen 2' Stars Reveal They Shared Spoilers With Their Kids," 8 Nov. 2019 WeWork bought and leased cool commercial offices and transformed them into a neo-workplace utopia: Espresso machines, cozy couches, fast free wifi, shared work benches and spaces, and much more. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Entrepreneurs can find lessons amid the ashes of WeWork's crash and burn," 14 Nov. 2019

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

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Couch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/couches. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for couch

couch

verb
How to pronounce couch (audio)

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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