[ sur-fing ]
/ ˈsɜr fɪŋ /


the act or sport of riding the surf, as on a surfboard.

Origin of surfing

First recorded in 1915–20; surf + -ing1
Also called surfriding.

Definition for surfing (2 of 2)


[ surf ]
/ sɜrf /


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.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1675–85; earlier suff; of uncertain origin
1 See wave.
Related formssurf·a·ble, adjectivesurf·er, nounsurf·like, adjective
Can be confusedserf surf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surfing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɜːfɪŋ) /


the sport of riding towards shore on the crest of a wave by standing or lying on a surfboard

Derived Formssurfer or surfrider, noun

British Dictionary definitions for surfing (2 of 2)


/ (sɜːf) /


waves breaking on the shore or on a reef
foam caused by the breaking of waves


(intr) to take part in surfing
  1. computing (on the internet) to move freely from website to website (esp in the phrase surf the net)
  2. to move freely between (TV channels or radio stations)
  1. informal to be carried on top of somethingthat guy's surfing the audience
  2. (in combination)trainsurfing
Derived Formssurfable, adjectivesurflike, adjective

Word Origin for surf

C17: probably variant of sough 1
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Science definitions for surfing


[ sûrf ]

The waves of the sea as they break upon a shore or a reef.

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