Definition of couch-surf in English:


Syllabification: couch-surf


[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
  • Many homeless couch-surf, living with friends and relatives, but not staying long in any home.
  • Teenage refugees released into the community could spend this Christmas either homeless or "couch-surfing" because of serious gaps in arrangements for their care.
  • He would have had no place to bring Kate, since he was frequently unemployed and couch-surfing with friends and relatives.
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
  • Van Pelt enjoyed the first month away from golf. He didn't do much more than 'couch-surf'.
  • We seem to be deluded that we're farmhands who needed to fuel up to bring in the harvest by hand, but instead we go home and couch-surf in front of the idiot box!
  • 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

More example sentences
  • Twitter has also proved useful for couch-surfers, who have come to know interesting and accommodating people in different fields of expertise
  • On average, 172 people stay in emergency shelters on any given night in the region. Others—the couch-surfers—crash with friends or relatives.
  • Eight roommates and assorted couch-surfers often tipped the sleepover population well into double digits.

Definition of couch-surf in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day demoralize
Pronunciation: dəˈmôrəˌlīz
cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit