lubber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lubber an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
    • n lubber an awkward stupid person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lubber A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. "Lingering lubbers lose many a penny."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lubber A heavy, clumsy fellow; a sturdy, awkward dolt: applied especially by sailors to any one of the crew who is deficient in seamanship.
    • lubber To sail in a lubberly or clumsy manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lubber lub′ėr an awkward, clumsy fellow: a lazy, sturdy fellow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. dial. Sw. lubber,. See Looby Lob
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
W. llob, a dolt, llabbi, a stripling.

Usage

In literature:

Ease her off, ease her off gently; an' hev thet lubber at the wheel relieved; d'ye haar?
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
John happened to provoke the antipathy of a lout in his form known as Lubber Sprott.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Lay hold, you lazy lubber, and haul.
"In the King's Name" by George Manville Fenn
The mate now complimented me by exclaiming, 'Why, look at the lubber!
"Cast Away in the Cold" by Isaac I. Hayes
There was a dim light in the ferry house; a lubberly, fat man ran to the open door as they drew bridle before it.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
Here comes that capstan-footed lubber with the chewin'.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
They lay their eggs in our nests and we have to bring up their lubberly children for them.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
A lubber deserted from us a week ago, and no doubt he has laid the information.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
I was a great lubberly lad, I know, and tented the cattle then upon the moors.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Great big hulking lubberly chap like that, and not able to swim!
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

"Lay aft, you lubber, do!
What's come to that young man, JOE?
Belay! - 'vast heaving! you!
Do kindly stop that banjo!
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They say it's all a story that
His favorite little song
Was "Make these lubbers walk the plank!"
I think, perhaps, they're wrong.
"Captain Kidd" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Then up spoke the Cook of our gallant ship,
And he was a lubber brave:
"I have several wives in various ports,
And my life I'd orter save."
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
“To win or to lose,” said the blood of France,
“Were a problem simple as life or death;
But to win by an enemy’s dull mischance!”
He damned the lubbers below his breath.
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
The lubbers had hare's lugs where seamen have ears,
So we stowed all saluting and smothered our cheers,
And to humour their stomachs and tempt them to dine,
In the offing we showed them but six of the line.
"The Quarter-Gunner's Yarn" by Sir Henry Newbolt
The trapper heaves a trapper's sigh, then with a trapper's curse
He flings the sigh upon the kitchen floor;
And when the poor old lubber goes to get a feed of blubber
He traps his ear inside the cupboard door.
"The Eskimoos" by Billy Bennett

In news:

A land lubber at sea.
Recipe created by Caroline Lubbers.
Caroline Lubbers, who writes the blog Whipped, suggests using pita bread (not pita pockets).
Lubbers joined the firm in 2008 as senior designer in Wight 's Chicago office.
Kathryn Ackr helps Marisol Moreno make a picture during the CASA program at Lubbers Hall on Hope's campus Thursday afternoon, Nov 29, 201.
Enlarge Sally Finneran sfinnera@mlive.com GVSU sophomores Matt Judon (99) and Isiah Dunning celebrate a good play Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Lubbers Stadium at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Mich GVSU beat Northwood 42-28.
Welcome home signs and a wheelchair ramp await Tiffanie Lubbers, whose husband was killed in a tragic parade float accident in Texas.
Horse lubber grasshopper 's colors serve as protection.
Contributed photo The horse lubber is one of the largest and most distinctively colored grasshoppers in the Trans-Pecos region.
The horse lubber (Taeniopoda eques) is one of the largest and most distinctively colored grasshoppers in this area.
William Lubbers were transported from the scene and later pronounced dead at Midland Memorial Hospital, according to the Midland Police.
William Lubbers died later at Midland Memorial Hospital.
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