channel surfing

noun

Definition of channel surfing 

: the action or practice of surfing through television programs usually by use of a remote control

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Other words from channel surfing

channel surf intransitive verb
channel surfer noun

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Later that summer, Lawrence Bommer wrote a slightly longer and more descriptive review of their act: When not spoofing channel surfing (a too frequent target), the Two White Guys' skits are decidedly better than the boob tube. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Comedy / Film Before Peele met Key or wanted to Get Out, he was onstage in Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018 Mama was channel surfing recently, looking for an old movie to get her into the Valentine’s spirit. Southern Living, "7 Old-School Dating Tips We Want to Bring Back," 19 Jan. 2017 The former has acknowledged that mindless social media surfing is as emotionally harmful as the channel surfing of couch potatoes. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Disney and Apple Head for Conflict, While Google and Facebook Burn," 18 Dec. 2017 If that's not motivation for LSU to bring drama to the stage then there will be a lot of channel surfing Saturday night. Charles Hollis, AL.com, "Oh Canada! Can LSU's new OC put Alabama's defense on its heels?," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of channel surfing

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of channel surfing was in 1988

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channel surfing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of channel surfing

: the activity of using a remote control to change television stations quickly as you look for something to watch

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