beach·​comb·​er | \ ˈbēch-ˌkō-mər How to pronounce beachcomber (audio) \

Definition of beachcomber

1 : a white man living as a drifter or loafer especially on the islands of the South Pacific
2 : a person who searches along a shore (as for salable refuse or for seashells)

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Other Words from beachcomber

beachcomb \ ˈbēch-​ˌkōm How to pronounce beachcomber (audio) \ verb

Examples of beachcomber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the action is found on the wide boardwalk, its wood planks weathered like a beachcomber’s skin. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 The beachcomber protecting feet from sharp coral, the springtime trail runner crossing damp riverbeds, and the hiker tackling the Narrows in Zion National Park each require a different water shoe, designed for specific conditions. Janna Irons, Popular Mechanics, 26 Mar. 2020 That same year, beachcombers found dozens of smelly plastic disks about 2 feet in diameter lying in Corolla and Kill Devil Hills. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 That’s changing fast, thanks in part to beachcombers like van Wingerden. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, 30 Jan. 2020 Sneaker waves -- the kind that suddenly surge along a beach, picking up giant driftwood logs or dragging beachcombers into the ocean -- will be possible on the Oregon coast throughout the weekend, the National Weather Service warns. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2019 The tents’ owners, said Staples, move out of the way when the mechanical beachcombers come by. Jessica York, The Mercury News, 2 Sep. 2019 On the sandy embayments rimming the southwestern English coastline, beachcombers can find a wide array of stones, from tiny pebbles to hefty paperweights, strewn amidst the flotsam. Rob Arnold, National Geographic, 16 Aug. 2019 Starting this week, beachcombers from Seattle to San Francisco will find historically low tides peeling back the foamy shroud of choppy surf, unveiling who-knows-what might be lurking below. Patrick May, The Mercury News, 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of beachcomber

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beachcomber was in 1836

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“Beachcomber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beachcomber

: a person who walks along beaches looking for things (such as seashells or items that can be sold)

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