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snowbird

[snoh-burd] /ˈsnoʊˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
3.
Informal. a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather.
4.
Slang. cokehead.
Origin of snowbird
1665-1675
1665-75; snow + bird
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  • And his eyes were full of strange conjectures in regard to snowbird.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • They were soon on their way back to the shore where they had left the snowbird.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • snowbird crept near him, and her eyes shone in the bright firelight.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • They were soon beside the snowbird, and the craft was headed for the school.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • The snowbird stood saddled for many days: yet it was only upon errands of hospitality and charity that he was needed.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • Professor Deusenberry was seized with a determination to own the snowbird.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • Then snowbird led him to the windows, and they watched the white drifts pile up over the low underbrush.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • She would lead the Tempest to Osceolo, and herself ride the snowbird.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • Terrified though she was, snowbird's reflexes had kept sure and true.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • Each word just seems to burn into me, snowbird, and I'll make every one of them good.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for snowbird

snowbird

/ˈsnəʊˌbɜːd/
noun
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
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for snowbird

snowball

verb

  1. To increase rapidly: Soon the racket began to snowball (1929+)
  2. To dominate and crush; steamroller: He's less sensitive to people's feelings. He runs over them, snowballs them (1850+)

[first sense fr the fact that a snowball rolled downhill becomes larger and larger; second sense fr the notion of attacking someone with snowballs]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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