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[snoh-burd] /ˈsnoʊˌbɜrd/
Informal. a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather.
Slang. cokehead.
Origin of snowbird
First recorded in 1665-75; snow + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And his eyes were full of strange conjectures in regard to snowbird.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • They were soon on their way back to the shore where they had left the snowbird.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • snowbird crept near him, and her eyes shone in the bright firelight.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • They were soon beside the snowbird, and the craft was headed for the school.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • The snowbird stood saddled for many days: yet it was only upon errands of hospitality and charity that he was needed.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • Professor Deusenberry was seized with a determination to own the snowbird.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • Then snowbird led him to the windows, and they watched the white drifts pile up over the low underbrush.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • She would lead the Tempest to Osceolo, and herself ride the snowbird.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • Terrified though she was, snowbird's reflexes had kept sure and true.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • Each word just seems to burn into me, snowbird, and I'll make every one of them good.

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


another name for the snow bunting
(US, slang) a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowbird

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



  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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