[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snowbird


/ (ˈsnəʊˌbɜːd) /


another name for the snow bunting
US slang a person addicted to cocaine, or sometimes heroin
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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.

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