Etymology
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surf (n.)

1680s, probably from earlier suffe (1590s), of uncertain origin. Originally used in reference to the coast of India, hence perhaps of Indic origin. Or perhaps a phonological respelling of sough, which meant "a rushing sound."

surf (v.)

"ride the crest of a wave," 1917, from surf (n.). Related: Surfed; surfing. In the internet sense, is attested by 1993.

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Definitions of surf
1
surf (v.)
ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard;
Californians love to surf
Synonyms: surfboard
surf (v.)
look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular;
surf the internet or the world wide web
Synonyms: browse
surf (v.)
switch channels, on television;
Synonyms: channel-surf
2
surf (n.)
waves breaking on the shore;
Synonyms: breaker / breakers
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