landlubber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n landlubber an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
    • n landlubber a person who lives and works on land
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Landlubber (Naut) One who passes his life on land; -- so called among seamen in contempt or ridicule.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n landlubber A person who, from want of experience, is awkward or lubberly on board ship; a raw seaman; any one unused to the sea: a term of reproach or ridicule among sailors.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prop. fr. land, + lubber, or possibly corrupted fr. laudlouper,

Usage

In literature:

We felt we had a right to watch the landlubbers work in return for the herrings we threw out to them.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
That's the worst of being landlubbers.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
How them landlubbers live with everything dead and dull around them, I don't see.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
George was the veriest of landlubbers, so I was forced to give over bailing and take the tiller.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
There's those three landlubbers up on the bank.
"Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880" by Various
We're all landlubbers of course and the crew might have decided to initiate us a little.
"The Go Ahead Boys and the Treasure Cave" by Ross Kay
Landlubber, steel thy heart!
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
David Thomas is a sawny landlubber.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
It's not fair, giving a landlubber a good job aboard this ship.
"The Boy Pilot of the Lakes" by Frank V. Webster
The term "landlubber" conveyed no disparagement to my ears now.
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
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In news:

Ship's educator Maggie Flanagan, left, shows some landlubber teachers from Queens the ropes on the Pioneer, an 1885 sailing ship.
A landlubber 's guide to sailing.
ANAHEIM, Calif — Human ancestors that left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago to see the rest of the world were no landlubbers.
BATH — Even if you're an irrepressible landlubber, chances are that much of your life has been influenced by the sea.
Vintage American tattoos, once a marginal art form available only to seamen, can now be enjoyed by any landlubber who visits a tattoo parlor.
Only a landlubber uses it to describe marine corrosion.
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