couch

A couch is a sofa — an upholstered piece of furniture that seats more than one person. It's nice to have a couch that's big enough for your whole family to sit on while you watch TV.

The word couch comes from the French word coucher, meaning to lie down. Some types of couches are indeed meant for lying down. A psychiatrist's couch, for example, was designed to make patients feel comfortable when discussing their problems. In language, to couch is to phrase your words in a certain manner. If you don't want to hurt your friend's feelings, you should couch your words carefully when you tell her that her everyone is leaving her party early.

Definitions of couch
  1. noun
    an upholstered seat for more than one person
    synonyms: lounge, sofa
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    convertible, sofa bed
    a sofa that can be converted into a bed
    daybed, divan bed
    an armless couch; a seat by day and a bed by night
    divan
    a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
    love seat, loveseat, tete-a-tete, vis-a-vis
    small sofa that seats two people
    settee
    a small sofa
    squab
    a soft padded sofa
    davenport
    a large sofa usually convertible into a bed
    day bed, studio couch
    convertible consisting of an upholstered couch that can be converted into a double bed
    type of:
    seat
    furniture that is designed for sitting on
  2. noun
    a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment
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    bed
    a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
  3. noun
    a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer
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    flat coat, ground, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat
    the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
  4. verb
    formulate in a particular style or language
    synonyms: cast, frame, put, redact
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    type of:
    articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
    put into words or an expression
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