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.
A retired person, usually elderly, who winters in the sunny South: A Connecticut pharmaceutical firm hires elder ''snowbirds'' during the warmer months and holds their jobs open while they winter in Florida(1980s+)
(also snowblower) A cocaine user or addict; cokehead: Nelly's eyes had a glassy, faraway look. Snowbird, he thought to himself(1914+ Narcotics)
Any narcotic addict (1931+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source