surf

noun
\ ˈsərf \

Definition of surf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the swell of the sea that breaks upon the shore
2 : the foam, splash, and sound of breaking waves

surf

verb
surfed; surfing; surfs

Definition of surf (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to ride the surf (as on a surfboard)
2 : to scan a wide range of offerings for something of interest

transitive verb

: to scan the offerings of (such as television or the Internet) for something of interest

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Other Words from surf

Verb

surfer noun

Synonyms for surf

Synonyms: Noun

foam, froth, head, lather, spume, suds

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Examples of surf in a Sentence

Noun

We could hear the roar of the surf. beachgoers romping in the swirling surf

Verb

He learned to surf when he was living in California.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Take Tuesday Off Puerto Rico offers coffee plantations, bioluminescent bays, grassy plains, rainforests, mountains, mangroves, and surf beaches—in an area roughly the size of Connecticut. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 John and Robin Berry, vacationing on Dauphin Island, Alabama, went to the beach to see the roaring surf before the rain began. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Gordon slams Gulf Coast with tropical-force winds, rain," 4 Sep. 2018 Unhappy with commanding the surf, Orm wants to take the turf as well, since land-dwellers are threatening the world’s oceans by polluting them and killing sea creatures. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 The tiny larvae were seen wiggling on top of piles of seaweed that washed ashore as well as covering patches of sand near the surf. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "New Hampshire beach covered in thousands of 'nasty' maggots," 7 Sep. 2018 While the surf crashed on the shore below, huge waves of spectators greeted the threesome on every hole. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods' last major triumph: An oral history of Tiger's win at the 2008 U.S. Open," 11 June 2018 The teen was riding his board in the surf when he was knocked off by a wave, police said. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Search suspended for Colorado teen missing off Oregon coast," 6 June 2018 Large swells are expected in Bermuda and portions of the East Coast that could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Florence strengthens into a hurricane, threatens to hit Southeast US," 2 Oct. 2018 Large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast will continue this week, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence: what we know about the powerful storm heading for the Carolinas," 10 Sep. 2018

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The screens would allow drivers to control everything from the interior’s temperature to the temperature of the refrigerator back home, and passengers to surf the web and watch streaming videos. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "The Coming Battle Over the Car Cockpit," 12 Nov. 2018 Meghan and Harry flew home today, surfing a tidal wave of popularity following a near flawless tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 Hurricane Willa with winds of 145 mph (230 kph) headed toward a Tuesday afternoon landfall along a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast dotted with high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico coast," 22 Oct. 2018 During the beach visit, Meghan and Harry met with members of OneWave, a local surfing community group raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Cradling Her Baby Bump in Sydney Is So Cute," 19 Oct. 2018 Family AdventuresMerrill is a pro at keeping families with older children happy, running guided hikes on the Camino de Santiago, surfing expeditions to Peru, or polo-playing adventures in Argentina. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The idea is that users in big groups — like a book club or surfing club — will be able to have smaller conversations about things like local meetups that may not be relevant to the entire group. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Facebook is adding support for 250-person chats in Groups," 11 Oct. 2018 From Greg Brady’s surfing wipeout on The Brady Bunch to Joey falling for a hula dancer on Full House, depictions of Hawaii in popular culture have typically ranged from brainless to downright offensive. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 Among European leaders, Mr. Orban was early to surf a wave of anti-immigration sentiment that has brought nationalist parties to power in neighboring Austria and Slovenia. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "EU to Take Legal Action Over Hungary’s Hardline Migrant Policies," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of surf

Noun

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for surf

Noun

origin unknown

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surf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: large waves that fall on the shore and the white foam and sound that they produce

surf

verb

English Language Learners Definition of surf (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ride on ocean waves using a special board (called a surfboard)

: to look for information or other interesting things on the Internet

surf

noun
\ ˈsərf \

Kids Definition of surf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the waves of the sea that splash on the shore
2 : the sound, splash, and foam of breaking waves

surf

verb
surfed; surfing

Kids Definition of surf (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to ride the incoming waves of the sea (as on a surfboard)
2 : to scan a wide range of offerings (as on television or the Internet) for something that is interesting or fills a need

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