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.

Primary Meanings of couch

1.
n
an upholstered seat for more than one person
2.
n
a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer
3.
v
formulate in a particular style or language
Full Definitions of couch
1

n an upholstered seat for more than one person

Synonyms:
lounge, sofa
Types:
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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

n a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment

Type of:
bed
a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
2

n a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer

Type of:
flat coat, ground, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat
the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
3

v formulate in a particular style or language

Synonyms:
cast, frame, put, redact
Type of:
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression

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