crowd-surf

verb \ ˈkrau̇d-ˌsərf \
variants: or crowd surf

Definition of crowd-surf

crowd-surfed or crowd surfed; crowd-surfing or crowd surfing
: to lie down and be carried over the top of a crowd (as at a rock concert) with one's weight supported by the people in the crowd
  • Lemon lifted her arms, launched herself at the crowd gathered around the stage, and crowd-surfed. As Blue slid down to the stage, Jules launched herself after Lemon.
  • —Jude Watson
  • And I'm passed overhead, hand to hand, crowd surfing toward the door. I'm floating. I'm flying.
  • —Chuck Palahniuk

crowd-surfer

or crowd surfer noun, plural crowd-surfers or crowd surfers
    • This was Woodstock with a giant mosh pit full of colliding bodies and crowd-surfers, roiling and pullulating to the music.
    • The New York Times

crowd-surfing

or crowd surfing noun
    • These days, enjoying the show often means "moshing." That is approximately the sound made in the "pit," the roiling sea of flesh in front of the stage where youngsters hurl themselves against one another. In a variation of that called "crowd surfing," bodies get tossed into the air and are passed overhead, from hand to hand. Members of the audience climb onto the stage and dive off.
    • —Michael J. Ybarra

First Known Use of crowd-surf

1991

in the meaning defined above

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