couch potato


plural couch potatoes
: a lazy and inactive person
especially : one who spends a great deal of time watching television

Examples of couch potato in a Sentence

a couch potato who refused to budge no matter what needed to be done
Recent Examples on the Web Another outfit sees her in an oversize hoodie and jeans that is both fashion and function — the look could easily be an at-home couch potato 'fit but would also be a serve as a street style look. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 But could cozy cardio, which embraces the most appealing aspects of being a couch potato while keeping you off the couch, help even hardcore gym-avoiders stick with exercise long after New Year’s resolution season ends? Melissa Rayworth, Fortune Well, 1 Feb. 2024 Fortunately, even the most committed couch potato pales in comparison to some of the feats of inaction taken by the animal kingdom. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2024 Cannabis users are often stereotyped as lazy couch potatoes satisfying their munchies with junk food. Christine Ricciardi, Hartford Courant, 12 Jan. 2024 But the reality is that not every awards contender will be seen in the cinema — and that’s especially true during the holiday season, when all the family commitments, shopping and big meals can turn even a movie theater evangelist like Christopher Nolan into a couch potato. Clayton Davis, Variety, 22 Dec. 2023 Transition from couch potato to holiday party sensation with our holiday wardrobe ideas for every occasion. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 To do so, of course, the couch potatoes must stop watching regular TV. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 24 Sep. 2023 Two years of soaring inflation have dampened consumers’ willingness to splurge on clothes and shoes, while the post-Labor Day return to the office after the pandemic means many white-collar workers must give up on dressing like couch potatoes. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couch potato was in 1976

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“Couch potato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

couch potato

: someone who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television

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