AskDefine | Define surf

Dictionary Definition

surf n : waves breaking on the shore [syn: breaker, breakers]


1 ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard; "Californians love to surf"
2 look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web" [syn: browse]
3 switch channels, on television [syn: channel-surf]

User Contributed Dictionary





Maybe suffe, of uncertain origin.


  1. Waves that break on an ocean shoreline.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      ...perhaps it was the look of the island, with its gray, melancholy woods, and wild stone spires, and the surf that we could both see and hear foaming and thundering on the steep beach...

Derived terms


waves that break
  • German: Brandung


  1. To ride a wave, usually on a surfboard.
  2. To browse the Internet.


to ride a wave
to browse the Internet
  • Dutch: surfen
  • German: surfen
  • Italian: navigare

Derived terms

Derived terms


Extensive Definition

Surf may refer to:

See also

surf in French: Surf (homonymie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

billow, bore, breakers, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, collar, comb, comber, dirty water, eagre, foam, froth, gravity wave, ground swell, head, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, lather, lift, lop, meringue, mousse, offscum, peak, popple, puff, riffle, ripple, rise, roll, roller, rough water, scend, scud, scum, sea, sea foam, send, soapsuds, souffle, spindrift, spoondrift, spray, spume, stinging, suds, surge, swell, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, trough, tsunami, undulation, water wave, wave, wavelet, white horses, white water, whitecaps
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