couch surf

intransitive verb
variants: or less commonly couch-surf

Definition of couch surf

couch surfed also couch-surfed; couch surfing also couch-surfing; couch surfs also couch-surfs
1 a : to stay overnight with a series of hosts who typically provide basic accommodations (such as a couch to sleep on) at no cost
  • It is hard to figure out just how many people … experience a period of homelessness in their lifetime. There are families doubled up with other families, unaccompanied youth couch surfing and chronically homeless people tucked away in the most discreet corners of the city.
  • —Ashleigh EubanksBeat of the StreetMarch 2013
  • Precise numbers for the homeless youth population are not known because young people are highly mobile and many couch-surf among relatives and friends, stay out on the streets or return home.
  • —Mireya NavarroThe New York Times27 Mar. 2015
b : to stay for free with a local host or series of hosts while traveling
  • She said that she first couch-surfed four years ago, as a broke college student eager to see Austria but not without a companion.
  • —Patricia MarxThe New Yorker16 Apr. 2012
  • My friend Doc and I embarked on a two-month poetry tour, performing in bars and coffeeshops as we couch surfed up and down the east coast and throughout the Midwest.
  • —Lindsay King-MillerThe Huffington Post19 Mar. 2015
2 : to spend time on a couch watching television
  • The commercials are colorful and full of happy and healthy people. Exercise and you can have a treat, the commercials say. Couch surf all day and perhaps a salad and a water are better choices.
  • —Carin Lane, The Times Union (Albany, New York)7 Apr. 2015

couch surfer

or less commonly couch-surfer noun
    • The [] site has also evolved into a social network of sorts. Travelers already staying on someone's couch use it to meet other local people for coffee or a meal. Local hosts sometimes invite couch surfers staying in the area to an impromptu gathering for food and drinks.
    • —Jim WinnermanThe St. Louis (Missouri) Post-Dispatch19 May 2013
    • Ad personalization—routine for most of the Web—has come to streaming television. Now, couch surfer A might see a car commercial while couch surfer B gets an ad for insurance.
    • —Donna HowellInvestor's Business Daily11 Mar. 2015

couch surfing

or less commonly couch-surfing noun
    • If you do not see yourself as a tourist, want to live like a local for a while or simply do not have the cash for a hotel, then couch surfing is the way to go. The website puts a face on a place by allowing travelers and hosts to set up profiles and swap messages about travel arrangements.
    • —John WendleTime1 May 2012

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