noun, plural (especially collectively) surf·perch, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) surf·perch·es.
  1. any of several fishes of the family Embiotocidae, inhabiting shallow waters along the Pacific coast of North America.

Origin of surfperch

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; surf + perch2
Also called seaperch, surffish. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for surfperch


  1. any viviparous marine percoid fish of the family Embiotocidae, of North American Pacific coastal watersAlso called: sea perch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012