• synonyms


  1. junco.
  2. snow bunting.
  3. Informal. a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather.
  4. Slang. cokehead.
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Origin of snowbird

First recorded in 1665–75; snow + bird
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Historical Examples of snowbird

  • They were soon on their way back to the shore where they had left the Snowbird.

    Dave Porter in the Far North

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • They were soon beside the Snowbird, and the craft was headed for the school.

  • Professor Deusenberry was seized with a determination to own the Snowbird.

  • She would lead the Tempest to Osceolo, and herself ride the Snowbird.

    The Sun Maid

    Evelyn Raymond

  • Snowbird weighs one hundred and twenty pounds and is hard as steel.

    The Voice of the Pack

    Edison Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for snowbird


  1. another name for the snow bunting
  2. 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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