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

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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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But even without those evolutionary pressures, a couch potato lifestyle seems to result in the same kind of thickening. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Running—or sitting—can change the shape of your heart," 16 Sep. 2019 In her grand sorting of humanity, there were runners, and then there were people like her — perfectly content couch potatoes. Elena Nicolaou,, "Brittany Runs A Marathon," 22 Aug. 2019 Worst: Defensive posture The opening number begged binge-watching couch potatoes to consider a trip to the theater instead. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the 2019 Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 The 103-year-old runner put many couch potatoes half her age to shame in this year's races. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Meet DeEtte Sauer, the 77-Year-Old Houston Swimming Champ," 31 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of couch potato

1976, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of couch potato was in 1976

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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