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Definition of "beachcomber" [beach• comb•er•beachcomber]

  • One who scavenges along beaches or in wharf areas. (noun)
  • A seaside vacationer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beachcomber" in a sentence
  • "Harris, the beachcomber, is searching for his descendants, to whom she would like to give her finds."
  • "So a new idea was born, sometimes called the "beachcomber express," in which the first ex-Africans were seashore dwellers who spread rapidly around the coast of the Indian Ocean, showing an unexpected skill at seafaring to reach Australia across a strait that was at least 40 miles wide."
  • "One of them was a runaway sailor, who had been living on the island several years (such being termed a beachcomber), a Portuguese, and six Kanakas, as the natives are called."