Definition of couch-surf in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkouCHsərf/ /ˈkaʊtʃsərf/

intransitive verb

[no object]informal
  • 1Stay temporarily in a series of other people's homes, typically by sleeping on their sofas.

    • ‘many people were left homeless last year and have been couch-surfing ever since with parents or friends’
    • ‘He would have had no place to bring Kate, since he was frequently unemployed and couch-surfing with friends and relatives.’
    • ‘Conor and I have just booked our flights and we're couch-surfing.’
    • ‘Last year Wittrock indeed got a shock himself when a fire in his apartment sent him couch-surfing for nine months.’
    • ‘Henry failed to get a steady job or apartment and ended up "couch-surfing" at friends' homes.’
    • ‘Newman then adds that he's been couch-surfing his way across the continent, crashing with like-minded lefties and community organizers along the way.’
    • ‘She's now couch-surfing, staying with friends and trying to recover some of the money her landlords owe her.’
    • ‘Brett, who is between homes because his landlord just jacked his rent up unspeakably high, is showering these days in the office and couch-surfing with friends or sleeping in the back of his pickup.’
    • ‘These stories coming from the poor of Vancouver - families couch-surfing or sleeping in cars, young adults denied welfare because they cannot prove two years of independence - are scenes out of a drama which only a modern Dickens could do justice to.’
    • ‘Many homeless couch-surf, living with friends and relatives, but not staying long in any home.’
    • ‘Teenage refugees released into the community could spend this Christmas either homeless or "couch-surfing" because of serious gaps in arrangements for their care.’
  • 2Engage in sedentary activities such as watching television or using the internet.

    • ‘the bottom of this laptop does not get hot at all so you can put it in your lap and couch-surf easily’
    • ‘I couch-surf until 9:30 a.m. and then I say "OK. That's it. I have to get up. Have to get on the road. I'm missing the Oregon coast."’
    • ‘We’re in some strange house with no way out and all you can do is couch-surf!’
    • ‘For the fourth year in a row, El Pasoans ate and couch-surfed their way on to the Men's Fitness list of the country's 25 fattest cities.’
    • ‘We seem to be deluded that we're farmhands who needed to fuel up to bring in the harvest by hand, but instead we go home and couch-surf in front of the idiot box!’
    • ‘Van Pelt enjoyed the first month away from golf. He didn't do much more than 'couch-surf'.’