[ bod-ee-surf ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to ride a cresting wave toward the shore by lying face down in the water with the arms stretched forward in the direction of the wave.

Origin of body-surf

First recorded in 1940–45

Other words from body-surf

  • body-surfer, noun

Words Nearby body-surf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for body-surf


  1. to ride a wave by lying on it without a surfboard

  2. informal to fling oneself prone onto a crowd of people, for example on a dance floor or at a rock concert, and move or be carried over their heads

Derived forms of body-surf

  • bodysurfer, noun
  • bodysurfing, noun

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