surf

noun
\ ˈsərf How to pronounce surf (audio) \

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

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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 Plus, both the bikini and surf shirt are made with the equivalent of UPF 50 to guard against UV rays. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 1 June 2021 The Vinyl Stripes will perform rock and roll and surf classics at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Texas Lottery Plaza, 316 W Las Colinas Blvd. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 20 May 2021 For ocean and beach lovers, COMO Maalifushi is well regarded for its diving and surf breaks. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 In the 1980s and 1990s, its pier and surf spots became a draw for skinheads, white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2021 Federal waters in the Atlantic are home to a variety of economically important fisheries, including sea scallops, squid and surf clams, many of which overlap with areas of future offshore wind development. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021 Federal waters in the Atlantic are home to a variety of economically important fisheries, including sea scallops, squid and surf clams, many of which overlap with areas of future offshore wind development. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Mar. 2021 This ribbon of pavement frequently skirts the Atlantic, sometimes bringing cars within yards of the surf. Sandy Lang, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 But those who prefer sand to surf should wander to the Sankaty Head Light at the northern tip of the beach. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bob Rotherham, a teacher and surf photographer from Florida, also was part of that first wave. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 My bets are on the summer of 2021 belonging to surf culture. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 27 May 2021 As to what sparked his interest in the importance of clean water, Smith connects it to learning how to surf. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 12 May 2021 The mere thought of getting on a plane to surf a few perfect waves in my favorite destinations around the globe makes the hair on my arms stand up and tingle with excitement. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2021 Brunch deal serves 4 for $39.99; surf 'n' turf dinner for 2 for $49.99. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 5 May 2021 Over the past 91 years, a big fieldhouse-like building in St. Louis Park has seen tennis playing, ice skating, horses galloping in polo matches and kids dancing to surf rock bands. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Learning to surf — and accept imperfection — at The Surfrider Malibu. Dominique Fluker, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2021 But Chrome remains the world’s most popular browser, a tool that many people rely on to surf the web for personal and professional reasons. Chris Smith, BGR, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Surf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surf. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for surf

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 How to pronounce surf (audio) \

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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