Definition of beachcomber in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbēCHˌkōmər/


1A vagrant who makes a living by searching beaches for articles of value and selling them.
Example sentences
  • The beachcombers were able to gather and hide a rich harvest before the local magistrate learned of the Spanish wrecks and claimed the treasure in the Queen's name.
  • No vehicles on beaches means the area is protected from fishermen, beachcombers and hunter/gatherers alike.
  • The only people you see are beachcombers and dog-walkers in their flapping macs
2A person who searches beaches for useful or interesting items.
Example sentences
  • Progress is seen in the water - usually by nameless surfers, sometimes by buddies, perhaps by a passing seal or beachcomber.
  • Bears eat family pets in their own yards, and the quicksand mud flats on Anchorage's outskirts have claimed more than one beachcomber.
  • Mrs. Wilhelm, an avid horsewoman and beachcomber, had the foyer decorated with an elaborate trompe l' oeil of the beach.
3A long wave rolling in from the sea; a comber.

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Syllabification: beach·comb·er

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