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[beech-koh-mer] /ˈbitʃˌkoʊ mər/
a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
a vagrant who lives on the seashore, especially a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.
Origin of beachcomber
First recorded in 1830-40; beach + comber Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for beachcomber
Historical Examples
  • He was wrecked on the Peruvian coast and became a beachcomber, and then got a berth in a whaler.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • The beachcomber meditated a few seconds; then he walked down to the boat.

  • “Hold hard,” cried the beachcomber, when the bottom was nearly reached.

    King o' the Beach George Manville Fenn
  • I'll admit he's not exactly my style, but he's no beachcomber.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews
  • Some beachcomber in Honolulu had whispered to you, and you'd written to the Governor to find out.

    The Night-Born Jack London
  • On calling the roll one dawn I found that The beachcomber was missing.

  • He slops around the lagoon like a beachcomber and hasn't brought in a decent specimen yet.

    Tabby Winston Marks
  • They followed the path, and a moment later caught a fleeting glimpse of the beachcomber.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • Ahead of them they now could see a moving light which undoubtedly was a flash lantern carried by the beachcomber.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • Again the beachcomber struck the stalagmites, listening raptly while the sounds died slowly away.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for beachcomber


a person who searches shore debris for anything of worth, esp a vagrant living on a beach
(Canadian) (in British Columbia) a person who is paid for salvaging loose logs and returning them to logging companies
a long high wave rolling onto a beach
Derived Forms
beachcombing, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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