Definition of couch-surf in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkouCHsərf/


[no object] informal
1Stay temporarily in a series of other people’s homes, typically making use of improvised sleeping arrangements: many people were left homeless last year and have been couch surfing ever since with parents or friends
More example sentences
  • He would have had no place to bring Kate, since he was frequently unemployed and couch-surfing with friends and relatives.
  • Conor and I have just booked our flights and we're couch-surfing.
  • Last year Wittrock indeed got a shock himself when a fire in his apartment sent him couch-surfing for nine months.
2Engage in sedentary activities such as watching television or browsing the Internet: the bottom of this laptop does not get hot at all so you can put it in your lap and couch surf easily
More example sentences
  • I couch-surf until 9:30 a.m. and then I say "OK. That's it. I have to get up. Have to get on the road. I'm missing the Oregon coast."
  • We’re in some strange house with no way out and all you can do is couch-surf!
  • For the fourth year in a row, El Pasoans ate and couch-surfed their way on to the Men's Fitness list of the country's 25 fattest cities.


couch surfer

Example sentences
  • He had joined a nomadic subculture of young professionals who appear to live normal, prosperous lives but in fact are couch-surfers who rely on the kindness of friends.
  • What I didn't realise was that we would be entering an emerging group of full-time couch-surfers; people who have found a more communal, environmentally friendly, even utopian, way of living.
  • Eight roommates and assorted couch-surfers often tipped the sleepover population well into double digits.

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Syllabification: couch-surf

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