Couch Potato - Meaning of this English Idiom

Meaning of Couch Potato

A couch potato is a person who spends a lot of time watching television with little or no physical activity. They can do this either sitting or lying down on a couch (or sofa) or even sitting in an armchair. The idea is that they don’t move very much and a couch potato can sometimes be considered lazy or inactive. Instead of going outside or doing other active activities, they prefer spending long periods of time in front of the television.
This sedentary life-style is often accompanied by unhealthy snacks or junk food.

Why Potatoes?

This idiom has nothing to do with real potatoes but why are Potatoes used? Well, have you ever seen a potato running down the street or playing sport? Not likely because they don’t move AT ALL! Another reason could be because potatoes have eyes, which are needed to watch TV. (See below)

Did you know that potatoes have eyes?

Yes, they can sometimes have several eyes though they are not like the eyes humans and animals have to see. It is the name given to the part of a potato from where roots sometimes emerge and become a plant. More potatoes can grow from this part that sticks out a little.

Did you also know that corn have ears? Yes they do but that’s for another article.

Example sentences with Couch Potato:

  • The only thing you do all day is watch TV. You’ve become a real couch potato, haven’t you?
  • Stop being a couch potato! Turn off the TV and go out and do something with your life.
  • My husband has become a couch potato since he lost his job. Now all he does is sit in front of the television all day eating pizza.
  • You should be more active and less of a couch potato. Your body will appreciate it.


Are you a bit of a couch potato?



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