Idiom: Couch Potato

Cartoon of a potato sitting on a couch eating chips: My dad is a couch potato. He eats chips and watches "90-Day Fiance" and "Keeping up with the Kardashian's" every day.

Idiom:  Couch Potato (meaning)

Can you guess the meaning of the couch potato idiom just by looking at the picture? A couch potato is a popular expression in American English so it's worth learning.

Couch potato:  A very lazy person who sits on a couch watching television all day.

Notes: A couch  is another word for sofa. A potato is a big, round, solid food. It's heavy, not light, so it's easy to imagine a potato not being able to move very easily.

Couch potatoes barely move, unless they are reaching for the remote control to change the tv channel. Couch potatoes also often eat unhealthy foods (e.g., chips or sweets) while watching television. They are often considered unhealthy and overweight as a result of being lazy and not moving around.

Please note that we don't  use this phrase to talk about people sitting at the computer. It's specifically used for people sitting in a comfortable chair or sofa watching television for long periods of time.

Sentence examples

—  Our son has become a real couch potato this summer; all he does is sit in front of the tv watching reruns of old sitcoms and baseball games.

—  The reason she never invites you over to her house is because her mother is a couch potato and she's so embarrassed about it.

—  It doesn't bother me that my dad is a couch potato. What I cannot believe is that he watches all of the "Real Housewives" series and soap operas.

—  Get up and do your homework!  There will be no couch potatoes in this house!

—  I never thought I'd become a couch potato but I'm so tired after work that once I sit down I can hardly get back up!

—  I dated a really cute guy but soon discovered he was a couch potato I suggested many different activities we could do together but all he wanted to do was sit and watch TV.

—  If you start smoking pot you'll soon be a couch potato  and fat from eating snacks all day.

—  We're looking forward to going back to work actually. We were couch potatoes over the holidays and feel disgusting.

—  My wife has been a couch potato since her mother passed away. At this point, I think she needs help for her depression.

Final note:  Did you notice that the plural of potato is potatoes (not potatos)! 

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