Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

beachcomber

[beech-koh-mer] /ˈbitʃˌkoʊ mər/
noun
1.
a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
2.
a vagrant who lives on the seashore, especially a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
3.
a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.
Origin of beachcomber
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; beach + comber
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
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

beachcomber

/ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə/
noun
1.
a person who searches shore debris for anything of worth, esp a vagrant living on a beach
2.
(Canadian) (in British Columbia) a person who is paid for salvaging loose logs and returning them to logging companies
3.
a long high wave rolling onto a beach
Derived Forms
beachcombing, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for beachcomber

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for beachcomber

24
28
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for beachcomber