Surfy vs Surfs - What's the difference?

surfy | surfs |

As an adjective surfy

is of a shore, having lots of breaking waves.

As a verb surfs is

third-person singular of surf.




  • of a shore, having lots of breaking waves
  • *{{quote-book, year=1904, author=William Morris, title=The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Now again in the latter summer do those Kings of the Niblungs ride To chase the sons of the plunder that curse the ocean-side: So over the oaken rollers they run the cutters down Till fair in the first of the deep are the glittering bows up-thrown; But, shining wet and steel-clad, men leap from the surfy shore, And hang their shields on the gunwale, and cast abroad the oar; Then full to the outer ocean swing round the golden beaks, And Sigurd sits by the tiller and the host of the spoilers seeks. }}
  • characteristic of surf music
  • * {{quote-news, year=1993, date=September 3, author=Chris Dickinson, title=Singers to watch, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=All this is set to a driving backdrop of hard, slightly surfy , surprisingly powerful strumming. }}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=August 30, author=Ben Ratliff, title=Chanting, Jazzy, Beachy, Funky, Lonely Sounds, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=They do a kind of surfy version of New Order, bright and clattery, a minimalist collision of the 1950s and the 1980s. }}




  • (surf)

  • surf


    (wikipedia surf)


  • Waves that break on an ocean shoreline.
  • * 1883 ,
  • ...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...
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 5
  • 'But when the surf fell enough for the boats to get ashore, and Greening held a lantern for me to jump down into the passage, after we had got the side out of the tomb, the first thing the light fell on at the bottom was a white face turned skyward.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , page=12 , year=1900 , author=Joseph Grinnell , title=Birds of the Kotzebue Sound Region, Alaska citation , passage=It was alone, nervously alighting and flying short distances along the surf .}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , page=248 , year=1941 , author=Raymond Russell Camp , title=Fishing the Surf citation , passage=In most instances the inshore holes or pockets along the surf do not produce as well as the cuts or sloughs between sand bars.}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , page=181 , year=1963 , author=Vlad Evanoff , title=Spin Fishing citation , passage=Snook are found in rivers, canals, inlets and along the surf , especially around sand bars, tidal rips, jetties, bridges and piers.}}
  • (UK, dialect) The bottom of a drain.
  • Derived terms

    * surf line * surf rider noun


  • To ride a wave, usually on a surfboard.
  • To browse the Internet.
  • Derived terms

    * surfer noun

    Derived terms

    * (ride a wave) surfer, surfing, surfboard * (browse the Internet) silver surfer