beachcomber

noun beach·comb·er \ ˈbēch-ˌkō-mər \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

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)

beachcomb

play \-ˌkōm\ verb

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First Known Use of beachcomber

1836

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BEACHCOMBER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of beachcomber for English Language Learners

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


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