[ beech-koh-mer ]
/ ˈbitʃˌkoʊ mər /


a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
a vagrant who lives on the seashore, especially a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.

Nearby words

  1. beach-comber,
  2. beach-la-mar,
  3. beachbag,
  4. beachball,
  5. beachboy,
  6. beacher,
  7. beachfront,
  8. beachhead,
  9. beachmaster,
  10. beachscape

Origin of beachcomber

First recorded in 1830–40; beach + comber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beachcomber


/ (ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə) /


a person who searches shore debris for anything of worth, esp a vagrant living on a beach
Canadian (in British Columbia) a person who is paid for salvaging loose logs and returning them to logging companies
a long high wave rolling onto a beach
Derived Formsbeachcombing, noun

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