[ beech-koh-mer ]
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  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.

  1. a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.

Origin of beachcomber

First recorded in 1830–40; beach + comber

Words Nearby beachcomber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beachcomber in a sentence

  • We wanted to lease a club that he had that was closed down, called the beachcomber, in a suburb of Dallas.

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  • He began to talk of the performances of my little two-year-old, beachcomber; and after twenty minutes or so, he drifted away.

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British Dictionary definitions for beachcomber


/ (ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə) /

  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

  1. a long high wave rolling onto a beach

Derived forms of beachcomber

  • beachcombing, noun

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