couch potato

plural couch potatoes

Definition of couch potato

: 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 The benefits were strongest when a person transitioned from being a couch potato to adding movement to the day, the study said. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 Weighing in and just under 81 pounds, Neron has rightfully gained his title as the most lovable couch potato. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 11 Mar. 2022 If your reason is hunger, tiredness, physical strain or an overwhelming desire to be a couch potato, no harm done. Anna Ciulla, Outside Online, 29 Aug. 2017 At issue is the quick adoption by even the most die-hard couch potato of new ways of watching TV favorites. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 Joining Alabama on the couch potato list were West Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. Leada Gore |, al, 26 Jan. 2022 But loungewear staples work for well beyond being a couch potato too. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 15 Dec. 2021 In the ideal world, a couch potato watches the marathon on Sunday, then decides to try to run a mile with Harlem Run or another running club on Monday. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2021 And the movement gaps among species also weren’t huge—more the difference between two casual weight lifters than a bodybuilder and a couch potato. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of couch potato

1976, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2022

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“Couch potato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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