channel surfing


: the action or practice of surfing through television programs usually by use of a remote control
channel surf intransitive verb
channel surfer noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The same goes for straight people channel surfing their way to VH1 and getting sucked in. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2022 Dusan Bulut was 9 years old and channel surfing at home in Novi Sad, Serbia, when the street ball caper starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes appeared on the television. New York Times, 24 July 2021 Launched in 2014 and snapped up by ViacomCBS in 2019, Pluto is a streaming service that mimics the experience of channel surfing. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 21 June 2021 Along with a return to channel surfing, the streaming world is seeing a return to weekly release schedules., 29 Apr. 2021 At one point, the author’s surrogate is channel surfing before midnight and notices that all anyone on late-night television is talking about is Trump. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2020 Two years ago Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez, a Cy-Fair working mother, was channel surfing with her daughter before bed. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, 16 June 2020 Abe’s minute-long version depicts a somewhat saturnine-looking prime minister at his residence holding his dog, drinking tea and channel surfing. Gearoid Reidy,, 12 Apr. 2020 Maybe the cord-cutting era has largely done away with the act of channel surfing, but many of us rack up an equally large amount of idling time these days. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of channel surfing was in 1988

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Cite this Entry

“Channel surfing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

channel surfing

: the action or practice of quickly looking at one television channel after another by use of a remote control
channel surf verb
channel surfer noun
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