Definition of mouse potato in English:

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mouse potato

Pronunciation: /mous pəˈtādō/

noun

informal
A person who spends large amounts of time operating a computer.
Example sentences
  • Nobody allows you to remain a couch potato or a mouse potato any more: you have to respond to polls, contests, and invitations to what is being said on the programme on air.
  • Her lack of wireless is really holding her back from becoming a full fledged mouse potato.
  • PC nerds addicted to their computers will be known as ‘mouse potatoes’, even if they are e-mailing their ‘keypals’, the new word for penpals.

Origin

1990s: on the pattern of couch potato.

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Syllabification: mouse po·ta·to

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