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  1. a person or thing that combs.
  2. a long, curling wave.
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Origin of comber

First recorded in 1640–50; comb1 + -er1
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Related Words for comber

rush, stream, swell, upsurge, rash, surge, tide, flood, outbreak, sign, crest, influx, movement, wave, bending, convolution, sweep, twist, winding, ripple

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


  1. a person, tool, or machine that combs wool, flax, etc
  2. 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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