Definition of couch potato in US English:

couch potato

noun

informal
  • A person who spends little or no time exercising and a great deal of time watching television.

    • ‘She makes the exercises easy enough that even a couch potato like me can do them.’
    • ‘Playing with these toys while watching TV is much better than being a couch potato!’
    • ‘She in turn has become a couch potato, watching old movies and ordering take out.’
    • ‘‘He used to do karate and hockey, but he's stopped doing that now and in the last few months he's been a bit of a couch potato,’ she said.’
    • ‘By lunch-time I could hardly walk and by evening picking up the TV controller made even being a couch potato a painful exercise.’
    • ‘Instead of just sitting in front of your television being a couch potato, it offers you opportunity to shop online, play games and enjoy other activities.’
    • ‘Watching television has given rise to the couch potato syndrome.’
    • ‘You can do it the couch potato's way: take a chairlift up the slope, your feet brushing the tops of the woodland trees that are just starting to take on their autumn colours.’
    • ‘Studio-hopping stars, hit films and comedy skits are being pitched in by all the major channels to add sparkle to yet another day for the couch potato.’
    • ‘If you cannot sit still, stay home on your couch where you can stretch out and be the couch potato you've always aspired to.’
    • ‘If the reader is a regular couch potato, he or she must be aware of this interesting series on the BBC.’
    • ‘Instead of being a couch potato this dull season, try catching a movie at the theatres, going to the club for a game, hosting a party at home or simply go shopping!’
    • ‘While he pumps iron to improve his physique, he is a renowned couch potato, who likes nothing better than to lounge about with the remote control at his fingertips.’
    • ‘The advent of television and the emergence of the modern couch potato sounded the death knell for such activities.’
    • ‘The couch potato, chip-munching life-style is too common and it is clearly unhealthy.’
    • ‘Let that be a lesson to the couch potato in us all.’
    • ‘Most of us know that some exercise is essential to our health and well-being but making the progression from a couch potato to reasonable fitness seems like a long and puzzling road.’
    • ‘If your cat tends to be a couch potato, develop some games that stimulate exercise.’
    • ‘‘He has become a couch potato and online addict this summer,’ she said bitterly.’
    • ‘Even if you're an incurable couch potato, there's no excuse for not taking regular exercise.’

Pronunciation

couch potato

/ˈkaʊtʃ pəˌteɪdoʊ//ˈkouCH pəˌtādō/