a person or thing that combs.
a long, curling wave.

Origin of comber

First recorded in 1640–50; comb1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for comber

Historical Examples of comber

  • "The fact that you telegraph to Jack implies that there is something to telegraph about," said Comber.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • No telling when a comber may come aboard, and it will carry you off like a chip.

  • Comber was a clergyman, and a relative of the Duke of Leeds.

    Tobias Smollett

    Oliphant Smeaton

  • There was immediate silence—every one turned first to Comber, and then back to Peter.


    Hugh Walpole

  • They turned their eyes from the shore to the comber and waited.

British Dictionary definitions for comber



a person, tool, or machine that combs wool, flax, etc
a long curling wave; roller
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Word Origin and History for comber

c.1200, "one who cards wool," agent noun from comb (v.).

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