beachcomber

noun
beach·comb·er | \ ˈbēch-ˌkō-mər \

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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beachcomb \ˈbēch-ˌkōm \ verb

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In the past two months, Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed more than 150 people, including Kenyan soldiers stationed at a remote desert outpost and beachcombers in Mogadishu. New York Times, "1 U.S. Soldier Is Killed and 4 Are Wounded in Somalia Firefight," 8 June 2018 Cannon Beach has consistently good surf in summer, and after storms the 14-mile stretch of sand is a beachcomber’s dream, with finds like Japanese fishing floats— spheres of blue glass once used to keep nets afloat. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 On a recent spring day, the home’s deterioration drew beachcombers, some who stopped to snap photos or marvel at the slow decline. OregonLive.com, "Decks now collapsing on Oregon beach house at center of riprap battle," 27 Apr. 2018 Hammond and Moore are beachcombers, or log salvors, based in Gibsons, British Columbia, a small coastal community less than 50 kilometers north of Vancouver. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 Beyond a dwindling number of beachcombers hoping to make a buck, and mariners wishing to avoid striking deadheads, why should anyone care? Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 It was reported at least one beachcomber filled up a pickup truck with bags and drove away into the sunset. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Maritime mystery: Where are 70 cargo containers that fell overboard off NC coast? | Charlotte Observer," 14 Mar. 2018 Will Hammond be the last beachcomber on this stretch of the coast? Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 To conduct the study, the authors relied on more than 200 volunteers, including state park rangers and beachcombers, to find and examine some 634 pieces of debris that washed ashore from 2012 to earlier this year. Martin Fackler, New York Times, "After the Tsunami, Japan’s Sea Creatures Crossed an Ocean," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of beachcomber

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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beachcomber

noun

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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