[ bod-ee-surf ]
/ ˈbɒd iˌsɜrf /

verb (used without object)

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


bod·y-surf·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for body-surf


verb (intr)

to ride a wave by lying on it without a surfboard
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, nounbodysurfing, noun
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