couch potato


Definition of couch potato

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

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Examples of couch potato in a Sentence

a couch potato who refused to budge no matter what needed to be done

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No one’s really sure why some people get them and others don’t—couch potatoes are probably less vulnerable and more active people are probably more likely. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel," 13 June 2019 Desai found that just as a single trip to the gym benefits a couch potato more than an athlete, microbes that started off growing slowly gained a lot more from beneficial mutations than their fitter counterparts that shot out of the gate. Quanta Magazine, "Evolution’s Random Paths Lead to One Place," 11 Sep. 2014 In short, students are encouraged to shift from being couch potatoes to cultivating lunchroom tomatoes. Dean Fosdick, The Seattle Times, "Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer," 23 July 2018 For instance, those who got between 3.5 and 5.9 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise per week were 50% less likely than total couch potatoes to die for any reason. Karen Kaplan,, "These five healthy habits could extend your life by a dozen years or more, study says," 30 Apr. 2018 This inaugural competition pits shelter dogs against one another in categories like snoring, couch potato and wiggle butt. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ and ‘The Dog’," 19 Feb. 2018 And before that, angry couch potatoes argued with their TV sets. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 To avoid the discomfort, many people stay off their feet and become a couch potato –not only a boring way to live, but an unhealthy one, too. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Back to basics – with new procedures – enhances pain relief," 7 May 2018 That’s a valid conversation, unfortunately — yet is there anyone less in touch with reality these days than so many of the 140 or so million American couch potatoes who actually elect our presidents? Will Bunch,, "Oprah 2020 mania proves the American presidency is badly broken | Will Bunch," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of couch potato

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of couch potato was in 1982

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English Language Learners Definition of couch potato

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

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