Crossword clues for couch
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Coach \Coach\ (k[=o]ch; 224), n. [F. coche, fr. It. cocchio, dim. of cocca little boat, fr. L. concha mussel, mussel shell, Gr. ?, akin to Skr. [,c]ankha. Cf. Conch, Cockboat, Cockle.]
A large, closed, four-wheeled carriage, having doors in the sides, and generally a front and back seat inside, each for two persons, and an elevated outside seat in front for the driver.
Note: Coaches have a variety of forms, and differ in respect to the number of persons they can carry. Mail coaches and tallyho coaches often have three or more seats inside, each for two or three persons, and seats outside, sometimes for twelve or more.
A special tutor who assists in preparing a student for examination. [Colloq.]
Wareham was studying for India with a Wancester coach.
(Naut.) A cabin on the after part of the quarter-deck, usually occupied by the captain. [Written also couch.]
The commanders came on board and the council sat in the coach.
(Railroad) A first-class passenger car, as distinguished from a drawing-room car, sleeping car, etc. It is sometimes loosely applied to any passenger car.
One who coaches; specif. (sports), a trainer; one who assists in training individual athletes or the members of a sports team, or who performs other ancillary functions in sports; as, a third base coach.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, "to overlay with gold, inlay," from Old French couchier "to lay down, place; go to bed, put to bed," from Latin collocare "to lay, place, station, arrange," from com- "together" (see com-) + locare "to place" (see locate). Meaning "to put into words" is from 1520s. Related: Couched; couching. Heraldic couchant ("lying down with the head up") is late 15c., from the French present participle.
mid-14c., from Old French couche (12c.) "a bed, lair," from coucher "to lie down," from Latin collocare (see couch (v.)). Traditionally, a couch has the head end only raised, and only half a back; a sofa has both ends raised and a full back; a settee is like a sofa but may be without arms; an ottoman has neither back nor arms, nor has a divan, the distinctive feature of which is that it goes against a wall. Couch potato first recorded 1979.
Etymology 1 n. 1 An item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person. 2 Bed, resting-place. vb. To lie down; to recline (upon a couch or other place of repose). Etymology 2
vb. To phrase in a particular style, to use specific wording for. Etymology 3
n. couch grass, a species of persistent grass, ''Elymus repens'', usually considered a weed.
A couch or sofa is a piece of furniture for seating two or more people in the form of a bench, with or without armrests, that is partially or entirely upholstered, and often fitted with springs and tailored cushions. Although a couch is used primarily for seating, it may be used for sleeping, eating, jumping, and sexual relations.
In homes, couches are normally found in the family room, living room, den, sitting room or the lounge. They are sometimes also found in nonresidential settings such as hotels, lobbies of commercial offices, waiting rooms, and bars.
The term couch is used in North America and Australia, whilst the term sofa is generally used in the United Kingdom. The word originated in Middle English from the Old French noun couche, which derived from the verb meaning "to lie down". It originally denoted an item of furniture for lying or sleeping on, somewhat like a chaise longue, but now refers to sofas in general.
Other terms which can be synonymous with the above definition are settee, chesterfield, divan, davenport, lounge, and canapé. The word sofa is from Turkish derived from the Arabic word suffa for "wool", originating in the Aramaic word sippa for " mat". The word settee comes from the Old English word, "setl", which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms, but is now generally used to describe upholstered seating.
Couch is an instrumental Post-rock band based in Munich, Germany. The band is:
- Jürgen Söder (Guitar)
- Thomas Geltinger (Drums)
- Michael Heilrath (Bass)
- Stefanie Böhm (Keyboards); also plays in Ms. John Soda.
A couch is a piece of furniture.
Couch may also refer to:
Couch ( 1964) is a feature-length underground film directed by Andy Warhol, and starring Gerard Malanga, Piero Heliczer, Naomi Levine, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, John Palmer, Baby Jane Holzer, Ivy Nicholson, Amy Taubin, Ondine, Peter Orlovsky, Jack Kerouac, Taylor Mead, Kate Helzicer, Rufus Collins, Joseph LeSeuer, Bingingham Birdie, Mark Lancaster, Gloria Wood, and Billy Name.
Couch is a surname. "Couch" has two different origins: it is a Cornish name thought to have derived from Cornish "cough" (red) and to have been a nickname for a redheaded man (the usual Cornish pronunciation is "cooch"); there is also an English name Couch which probably originated as a name for a maker of beds or bedding. The English name Couch has the variant forms Coucha, Couche, Coucher, Couchman and Cowcha.
Notable people with the surname include:
- Arthur Quiller-Couch, British writer and professor of literature, grandson of Jonathan Couch
- Charles Couch (1833-1911), American politician
- Darius Nash Couch, American soldier, businessman, and naturalist
- Ethan Couch, North Texas teenager convicted of killing four pedestrians
- Harvey C. Couch, Arkansas energy entrepreneur and businessman
- Jane Couch, British woman boxer
- John H. Couch, American sea captain and pioneer in the Oregon Country in the 19th century
- Jonathan Couch, British naturalist
- Mal Couch (1938–2013), American Christian writer
- Richard Quiller Couch, British naturalist, son of Jonathan Couch
- Tim Couch, former NFL quarterback
- Tonia Couch, British Olympic diver
- Warrick Couch, Australian astronomer
Usage examples of "couch".
A couched spear of acuminated granite rested by him while at his feet reposed a savage animal of the canine tribe whose stertorous gasps announced that he was sunk in uneasy slumber, a supposition confirmed by hoarse growls and spasmodic movements which his master repressed from time to time by tranquilising blows of a mighty cudgel rudely fashioned out of paleolithic stone.
He was in the cedar parlour, that adjoined the great hall, laid upon a couch, and suffering a degree of anguish from his wound, which few persons could have disguised, as he did.
The tribune stumbled and fell crosswise over Clodius Afer on the couch next to his.
Severeemish, in part through the queen of Agora, had been couched in terms of blood and lineage.
Complaints and applications for relief by the agriculturists, he said, had come up from every county, and they had been disregarded, probably because they were couched in respectful language.
As the flames sprang up, he discovered Alec asleep on the narrow couch behind him.
Seregil dropped Alec a slight bow before collapsing into the couch opposite Micum.
At last we got to our last glass of champagne, we rose from the table, and sentimentally but with gentle force I laid her on a couch and held her amorously in my arms.
On the flat roof of his house, the Mahdi sat cross-legged on a low angareb, a couch covered with a silk prayer rug and strewn with cushions.
I wish now that I had worn my broderie anglaise, and sat next to her on the couch, and never, never gone out onto the verandah this afternoon.
Then they came to an arbour, warm, and promising much refreshing to the pilgrims, for it was finely wrought above head, beautified with greens, and furnished with couches and settles.
Pavoniaso that the terrible Captain Argal passed on totally unsuspicious that a sturdy little Dutch settlement lay snugly couched in the mud, under cover of all this pestilent vapor.
As Arra stood and headed for the kitchen, he suddenly realized she expected him to coax the cat out from under the couch.
There, too, standing near to her were the Khania Atene and her uncle the old Shaman, who looked but ill at ease, and lastly, stretched upon his funeral couch, the fiery light beating upon his stark form and face, lay the dead Khan, Rassen.
Madame Aubain lay at the foot of the couch, clasping it with her arms and uttering groans of agony.