beachcomber

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

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The tents’ owners, said Staples, move out of the way when the mechanical beachcombers come by. Jessica York, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz tourist hot spot shared with city’s homeless campers," 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, "New plastic pollution formed by fire looks like rocks," 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, "How low can you go? West Coast tides this summer should be astonishing," 3 June 2019 From the enchanting courtyard garden and breezy veranda to the beachcomber bikes on hand for guests, this quintessentially low-country hotel feels instantly like home. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 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

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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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