- the act or sport of riding the surf, as on a surfboard.
Origin of surfing
- 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 surfing
The sport of surfing is a very sexy sport, beautiful people on beautiful beaches in minimal clothing.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
“It seems like volunteers for ISIS are surfing for the sublime,” Atran wrote to me on Sunday.ISIS, Hip-Hop Jihadists and the Man Who Killed James Foley
August 25, 2014
Later, he saved up and spent a few years in Latin America, surfing, camping and backpacking.Best Places to Party Around the World
January 18, 2014
Surfing on an ocean of media hagiography, Christie seemed unbeatable just when it was time for Democrats to declare themselves.The Wrong Election Takeaways From Christie’s Win, Virginia, and More
November 7, 2013
Eastwood talks to Anna Klassen about filming with Brad Pitt, surfing, and his famous dad.Scott Eastwood Is More Than Just Clint’s Smokin’ Hot Son
September 25, 2013
He taught me diving and surfing until I was nearly as clever as he, and he was cleverer than the average Kanaka.The House of Pride
I worked on my Beat paper all the next day at home, reading the Kerouac and surfing the Xnet.Little Brother
Conditions are ideal for surfing, outrigger canoe paddling and catamaran sailing.
Help paddle an outrigger canoe in through the surf, take a surfing lesson, snorkel, swim or sun.
If surfing the Net is part of the newlyweds' life, there is even less dialogue.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- the sport of riding towards shore on the crest of a wave by standing or lying on a surfboard
- 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 surfing
1955, verbal 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.