noun \ˈsərf\

: large waves that fall on the shore and the white foam and sound that they produce

Full Definition of SURF

:  the swell of the sea that breaks upon the shore
:  the foam, splash, and sound of breaking waves

Examples of SURF

  1. We could hear the roar of the surf.
  2. <beachgoers romping in the swirling surf>

Origin of SURF

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1685

Related to SURF

Other Oceanography Terms

littoral, sound

Rhymes with SURF



: to ride on ocean waves using a special board (called a surfboard)

: to look for information or other interesting things on the Internet

Full Definition of SURF

intransitive verb
:  to ride the surf (as on a surfboard)
:  to scan a wide range of offerings for something of interest
transitive verb
:  to scan the offerings of (as television or the Internet) for something of interest
surf·er noun

Examples of SURF

  1. He learned to surf when he was living in California.

First Known Use of SURF

May 24, 2015
erudite Hear it
learned or pedantic
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