- the swell of the sea that breaks upon a shore or upon shoals.
- the mass or line of foamy water caused by the breaking of the sea upon a shore, especially a shallow or sloping shore.
- to ride a surfboard.
- to float on the crest of a wave toward shore.
- to swim, play, or bathe in the surf.
- to search haphazardly, as for information on a computer network or an interesting program on television.
- to ride a surfboard on: We surfed every big wave in sight.
- to search through (a computer network or TV channels) for information or entertainment.
Origin of surf
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Examples from the Web for surfer
But he was also a gifted actor, providing an interesting mélange of surfer dude insouciance with a hint of danger.Actor Paul Walker, Star of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Films, Dies In Car Crash
December 1, 2013
Click on Surfer Rosa or Doolittle or the Wave of Mutilation compilation.The Pixies Talk About Their Reunion, New Music and a Missing Band Member
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He usually just playfully mocks me in a surfer bro voice anytime I lose my keys or get the muchies.Can You Smoke Weed if Your Friend Is a Cop?
The Daily Beast
September 10, 2013
On her website, she calls herself “Runner, Skier, Surfer; Wife; Mom!”Early Signs of General Petraeus’s Extramarital Affair
November 11, 2012
The Discovery Channel documentary spends nearly its first 10 minutes rehashing the old legends—all debunked—of a surfer.The Search for the Elusive 9/11 Surfer: Pasquale Buzzelli’s Story on Discovery Channel
September 12, 2012
- waves breaking on the shore or on a reef
- foam caused by the breaking of waves
- (intr) to take part in surfing
- computing(on the internet) to move freely from website to website (esp in the phrase surf the net)
- to move freely between (TV channels or radio stations)
- informalto be carried on top of somethingthat guy's surfing the audience
- (in combination)trainsurfing
Word Origin and History for surfer
1955, agent noun from surf (v.).
1680s, probably from earlier suffe (1590s), of uncertain origin. Originally used in reference to the coast of India, hence perhaps of Indic origin. Or perhaps a phonetic respelling of sough, which meant "a rushing sound."
- The waves of the sea as they break upon a shore or a reef.