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snowbird

[snoh-burd] /ˈsnoʊˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
3.
Informal. a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather.
4.
Slang. cokehead.
Origin of snowbird
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; snow + bird
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  • They were soon on their way back to the shore where they had left the snowbird.

    Dave Porter in the Far North

    Edward Stratemeyer
  • They were soon beside the snowbird, and the craft was headed for the school.

    Dave Porter in the Far North

    Edward Stratemeyer
  • Professor Deusenberry was seized with a determination to own the snowbird.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • She would lead the Tempest to Osceolo, and herself ride the snowbird.

    The Sun Maid

    Evelyn Raymond
  • snowbird weighs one hundred and twenty pounds and is hard as steel.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • snowbird waited to the last instant before she admitted this fact.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • But snowbird only heard the soft glide of the wolves in the snow.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • Then snowbird snatched her pistol from her father's hand and opened fire.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • "We're made for each other, snowbird darling," he told her breathlessly at last.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • But you'd be a little more polite if it was snowbird—and Dan—that would have to pay.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for snowbird

snowbird

/ˈsnəʊˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
another name for the snow bunting
2.
(US, slang) a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin
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Word Origin and History for snowbird
n.

also snow-bird, from 1680s in reference to various types of birds associated with snow, from snow (n.) + bird (n.1). From 1923 in reference to northern U.S. workers who went to the South in the winter months to work; by 1979 in reference to tourists.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for snowbird

snowbird

noun

  1. A retired person, usually elderly, who winters in the sunny South: A Connecticut pharmaceutical firm hires elder ''snowbirds'' during the warmer months and holds their jobs open while they winter in Florida (1980s+)
  2. (also snowblower) A cocaine user or addict; cokehead: Nelly's eyes had a glassy, faraway look. Snowbird, he thought to himself (1914+ Narcotics)
  3. Any narcotic addict (1931+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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