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[koh-mer] /ˈkoʊ mər/
a person or thing that combs.
a long, curling wave.
Origin of comber
First recorded in 1640-50; comb1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Far to the north they fell and burst into white spray, as though a long Atlantic comber were pounding on a rocky shore.

  • comber was a clergyman, and a relative of the Duke of Leeds.

    Tobias Smollett Oliphant Smeaton
  • There was immediate silence—every one turned first to comber, and then back to Peter.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • They turned their eyes from the shore to the comber and waited.

  • A comber was breaking on a great tooth of black rock within half a cable's length of the boat.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • He had scarcely finished speaking when a comber curled over at its top rose up close ahead, and the boat went into it to the mast.

  • Perhaps the struggle had gone on for a minute when the white lifeboat rode in on a comber's top.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • Then as a comber fell upon her they sprang back to the jibsheet and hauled upon it, while the spray flew all over them.

  • There was water enough to have swamped a batteau, but against a raft the comber had knocked its head off for nothing.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • There remains to be chronicled of that first term only the comber Fight and, a little conversation, one windy day, with Galleon.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for comber


a person, tool, or machine that combs wool, flax, etc
a long curling wave; roller
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comber

c.1200, "one who cards wool," agent noun from comb (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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