Definition of beachcomber in US English:



  • 1A person who walks along a beach looking for valuable or interesting items.

    • ‘A free-spirited beachcomber living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ringo White scours the shores of Lake Michigan for the materials needed to construct his sprawling, mixed-media installation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cramped units with rollout beds and sleep-in porches had served as crash pads for generations of beachcombers and laborers looking for a cheap place to lay their heads.’
    • ‘Lee Weinstein, a spokesman for Beaverton, Ore.- based Nike, said beachcombers who find shoes can mail them to Nike for recycling.’
    • ‘The only people you see are beachcombers and dog-walkers in their flapping macs’
    • ‘As my week dragged on the end slowly floated into sight, like a passing ocean liner appearing to a shipwrecked beachcomber.’
    • ‘We climbed down on to the sand and strolled along the ivory shore; fellow beachcombers nodded to us as if we were all part of some clandestine club.’
    • ‘Could you be footing the bill for all those beachcombers?’
    • ‘Divers or beachcombers have until April 24 to hand in objects recovered from wrecks to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency without fear of prosecution.’
    • ‘There are no painted signs to repel native beachcombers and yet it seems the indigenous people know instinctively where to tread, where not to go.’
    • ‘Maury's older brother, John, as it happened, had lived for almost two years as a beachcomber on Nukuhiva all the way back in 1812.’
    • ‘At windswept Banshee Bay, our campsite beneath the casuarina trees was made comfortable by some beachcomber's driftwood furniture.’
    • ‘No vehicles on beaches means the area is protected from fishermen, beachcombers and hunter/gatherers alike.’
    • ‘But there are no sharks today, only bewildered beachcombers, who start to scatter as we approach our beach landing strip.’
    • ‘The final part of the book concludes with life on shore, the coastguards, shipwrecks, beachcombers and history of the Ballinskelligs Cable Station.’
    • ‘That tends to dry out in the sun and sand, much like a beachcomber's skin.’
    • ‘‘Silver,’ he repeated, ‘Silver which you and your band of beachcombers are going to steal.’’
    • ‘During the nineteenth century there was an influx of European beachcombers, traders, planters, and missionaries.’
    • ‘There was a blacksmith from New England, a former postmaster of Pago Pago who had been a veteran of the American Civil War, a murdered merchant marine, a woman who died en route to San Francisco, and various beachcombers and adventurers.’
    • ‘The sun is a bright Caribbean yellow, made even richer by the tropical blue sky, and even though it's only mid-morning, barefooted beachcombers weave along the water's edge to keep the soles of their feet cool.’
    scavenger, scrounger, forager, gatherer, collector, accumulator
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  • 2A long wave rolling in from the sea; a comber.