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Coach vs Couch - What's the difference?

coach | couch |

In transitive terms the difference between coach and couch

is that coach is to convey in a coach while couch is to lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.

As nouns the difference between coach and couch

is that coach is a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power while couch is an item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person.

As verbs the difference between coach and couch

is that coach is to train while couch is to lie down; to recline (upon a couch or other place of repose).




  • A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  • (rail) A railroad car drawn by a locomotive.
  • A trainer or instructor.
  • (British) A single decked long-distance, or privately hired bus.
  • (nautical) The forward part of the cabin space under the poop deck of a sailing ship; the fore-cabin under the quarter deck.
  • * Samuel Pepys
  • The commanders came on board and the council sat in the coach .
  • That part of a commercial passenger airplane reserved for those paying standard fare.
  • John flew coach to Vienna, but first-class back home.


    * (wheeled vehicle drawn by horse power) carriage * (railroad car drawn by a locomotive) carriage

    Derived terms

    * coachable * coach and horses * coachbuilder * coach dog * coacher * coach horse * coach lamp * coachman * coachmaster * coach roof * coachwork * head coach * life coach * roach coach * slip coach * stagecoach


  • (sports) To train.
  • To instruct; to train.
  • She has coached many opera stars.
  • To travel in a coach (sometimes coach it ).
  • * E. Waterhouse
  • Coaching it to all quarters.
  • To convey in a coach.
  • (Alexander Pope)

    Derived terms

    * coachability



    (wikipedia couch)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from the verb .


  • An item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person.
  • Bed, resting-place.
  • * (seeCites)
  • * Shakespeare
  • Gentle sleep why liest thou with the vile / In loathsome beds, and leavest the kingly couch ?
  • * Bryant
  • Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch / About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • A mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley.
  • (art, painting and gilding)  A preliminary layer, as of colour or size.
  • Synonyms
    * (item of furniture) davenport, divan, settee, sofa
    Derived terms
    * couch doctor * couch surfing * uncouched * fly couch
    * German: (l)
    See also
    * armchair * love seat * chesterfield


  • To lie down; to recline (upon a couch or other place of repose).
  • * (rfdate) (Shakespeare)
  • Where souls do couch on flowers, we'll hand in hand.
  • * (rfdate) (Shakespeare)
  • If I court moe women, you'll couch with moe men.
  • * {{quote-video
  • , year = 1994 , title = (Reality Bites) , people = (Winona Ryder) , role = Lelaina Pierce , passage = All you do around here, Troy, is eat and couch and fondle the remote control. }}
  • To lie down for concealment; to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly.
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare
  • We'll couch in the castle ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.
  • * (rfdate) I. Taylor
  • the half-hidden, hallf-revealed wonders, that yet couch beneath the words of the Scripture
  • To bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch.
  • * (rfdate) (Spenser)
  • an aged squire that seemed to couch under his shield three-square
  • To lay something upon a bed or other resting place.
  • * (rfdate) (Shakespeare)
  • Where unbruised youth, with unstuffed brain, / Does couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.
  • To arrange or dispose as if in a bed.
  • * (rfdate) T. Burnet
  • The waters couch themselves as may be to the centre of this globe, in a spherical convexity.
  • To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.
  • * (rfdate) (Francis Bacon)
  • It is at this day in use at Gaza, to couch potsherds, or vessels of earth, in their walls.
  • (paper-making) To transfer (e.g. sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire mould to a felt blanket for further drying.
  • (medicine) To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle.
  • to couch a cataract
  • To lower (a spear or lance) to the position of attack.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • He stooped his head, and couched his spear , / And spurred his steed to full career.
    * : lie down, recline

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) couchier


  • To phrase in a particular style, to use specific wording for.
  • He couched it as a request, but it was an order.
  • * (rfdate) (Blackwood Magazine)
  • I had received a letter from Flora couched in rather cool terms.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 26 , author=Genevieve Koski , title=Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=More significantly, rigid deference to Bieber’s still-young core fan base keeps things resolutely PG, with any acknowledgement of sex either couched in vague “touch your body” workarounds or downgraded to desirous hand-holding and eye-gazing.}}
  • (archaic) To conceal; to hide
  • * 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems , Dialogue 2:
  • You have overlooked a fallacy couched in the experiment of the stick.
    * (phrase in a particular style) explain, express, phrase, term, word

    Etymology 3

    From quitch, from (etyl) cwice, from (etyl) kweke.


  • couch grass, a species of persistent grass, Elymus repens , usually considered a weed.
  • Synonyms
    * (Elymus repens) twitch, , quackgrass, scutch grass, witchgrass
    See also
    * (Elymus repens)