a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
a vagrant who lives on the seashore, especially a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.
Historical Examples

“Hold hard,” cried the beachcomber, when the bottom was nearly reached.
King o’ the Beach George Manville Fenn

Some beachcomber in Honolulu had whispered to you, and you’d written to the Governor to find out.
The Night-Born Jack London

The beachcomber tugged his red moustache and laughed deprecatingly.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, April 16, 1919 Various

They followed the path, and a moment later caught a fleeting glimpse of the beachcomber.
Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt

On calling the roll one dawn I found that The beachcomber was missing.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, April 16, 1919 Various

Again the beachcomber struck the stalagmites, listening raptly while the sounds died slowly away.
Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt

I’ll admit he’s not exactly my style, but he’s no beachcomber.
Motor Matt’s Hard Luck Stanley R. Matthews

Old Tom was a character, and well known all over Polynesia as an inveterate old loafer and beachcomber.
The Call Of The South Louis Becke

The mate was agreeable to this, and bidding the beachcomber and his victim good-day he returned to the ship.
The Ebbing Of The Tide Louis Becke

Slouched among pillows and sheets, he resembled a beachcomber, a feudal derelict.
When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett

a person who searches shore debris for anything of worth, esp a vagrant living on a beach
(Canadian) (in British Columbia) a person who is paid for salvaging loose logs and returning them to logging companies
a long high wave rolling onto a beach


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