couch


couch
[[t]kaʊtʃ[/t]]
n.
1) fur a piece of upholstered furniture for seating usu. two to four people, typically having a back and an armrest at one or both ends
2) fur a long upholstered seat with a headrest at one end, on which a person reclines; lounge
3) fur a bed or other place of rest; any place used for repose
4) the lair of a wild beast
5) to arrange or frame (words, a sentence, etc.); express
6) to express indirectly or obscurely:
to couch a threat in pleasant words[/ex]
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) 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
Etymology: 1300–50; ME < AF, OF coucher, OF colcher < L collocāre to put into place = col- I+locāre to put, place; see locate

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Couch — Couch, n. [F. couche, OF. colche, culche, fr. colchier. See {Couch}, v. t. ] 1. A bed or place for repose or sleep; particularly, in the United States, a lounge. [1913 Webster] Gentle sleep . . . why liest thou with the vile In loathsome beds,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Couch — Sf Sofa std. reg. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. Couch, dieses aus afrz. couche Lager , einer Ableitung von afrz. coucher niederlegen , aus l. collocāre aufstellen, legen, setzen , aus l. locāre stellen, legen und l. con . Neuerdings… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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