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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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  • 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


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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