bodysurf

verb
body·​surf | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌsərf How to pronounce bodysurf (audio) \
bodysurfed; bodysurfing; bodysurfs

Definition of bodysurf

intransitive verb

: to ride on a wave without a surfboard by planing on the chest and stomach

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Other Words from bodysurf

bodysurfer noun

Examples of bodysurf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watching bottlenose dolphins bodysurf off the coast of South Africa and racer snakes slither after iguanas never gets old. Star Tribune, "Ridley Scott's 'Raised by Wolves' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week," 28 Aug. 2020 If the smallmouths weren’t biting on the Delaware River, there were always the catfish or a little riffle to bodysurf down in the summer. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Why I’d Rather Fish a River Than a Lake," 11 May 2020 Sea lions will bodysurf in ocean waves and sometimes link into huge, fleshy rafts to drift. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 In the 1980s, bodysurfing resurged, only to be gutted again by boogieboarding. Jamie Brisick, WSJ, "The Rush of Bodysurfing in Rio: A Traveler’s Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 The two walked along the water and were even seen trying to bodysurf a few waves. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Shirtless Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund Show Off Muscles on Barefoot Run in Hawaii," 13 May 2018 The two walked along the water and were even seen trying to bodysurf a few waves. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Shirtless Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund Show Off Muscles on Barefoot Run in Hawaii," 13 May 2018 The two walked along the water and were even seen trying to bodysurf a few waves. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Shirtless Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund Show Off Muscles on Barefoot Run in Hawaii," 13 May 2018 The two walked along the water and were even seen trying to bodysurf a few waves. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Shirtless Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund Show Off Muscles on Barefoot Run in Hawaii," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of bodysurf

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bodysurf was in 1908

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1 Sep 2020

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“Bodysurf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodysurf. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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