The surf is what you see when you stand on the beach and look at the ocean — waves rising and breaking on the shore. It’s also what you do when you ride those waves. Surf’s up, dude!

Surf means "crashing waves," but it's also a verb meaning to ride those waves with a surf board. When you surf, you stand upright on a board and ride over breaking waves into the shore. A more figurative meaning of surf is "search casually," as in "channel surf," or click idly between TV stations. The origin of the word is a mystery, though it's thought to have first been used in reference to the Indian coast.

Definitions of surf
  1. noun
    waves breaking on the shore
    synonyms: breaker, breakers
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    type of:
    moving ridge, wave
    one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
  2. verb
    ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard
    “Californians love to surf
    synonyms: surfboard
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    ride standing on a surfboard with an attached sail, on water
    type of:
    move smoothly and effortlessly
  3. verb
    look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
    surf the internet or the world wide web”
    synonyms: browse
    browse, shop
    shop around; not necessarily buying
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    scan, look through, or look for information on the internet
    type of:
    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  4. verb
    switch channels, on television
    synonyms: channel-surf
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    type of:
    change, shift, switch
    lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
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