variants or crowd surf
crowd-surfed or crowd surfed; crowd-surfing or crowd surfing

intransitive verb

: 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 noun
or crowd surfer
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 noun
or crowd surfing
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

Examples of crowd-surf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His first such performance came at age 14 on national TV when a teenage Malin crowd-surfed during a Saturday Night Live performance from the band Fear. Shania Russell,, 15 June 2023 Models walked the runway like rock stars, spinning around at the end of the platform to trust-fall into a pit of strangers and crowd-surf across the room. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crowd-surf was in 1991

Dictionary Entries Near crowd-surf

Cite this Entry

“Crowd-surf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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