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or Jack Tar

[jak-tahr] /ˈdʒækˈtɑr/
a sailor.
Origin of jack-tar
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet he was a sailor, this antithesis of a jack tar, and he was also—a Russian monk!

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Do these thoughts ever come to a jack tar, and how do they affect him?

    With our Fighting Men William E. Sellers
  • He apes like a monkey the jolly jack tar, and spends his wages accordingly.

  • Along came the marine while jack tar was trying to thank her in his very best and limited French.

  • He gave us a downright concretion of a Wapping sailor, a jolly warm-hearted jack tar.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Nobody, from a prince to a peasant, from poor jack tar to his superfine commander, but deems it meritorious to cheat the Customs.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • So that's how they come to call me jack tar and its a name they got for old sailors that's been all their life on the water.

    The Real Dope Ring Lardner
  • Macleod was nicknamed the sailor; he wore the dress and affected the gait of a jack tar.

    Norman Macleod John Wellwood
  • This time jack tar had braced for the occasion, and was unexpectedly hilarious and demonstrative.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • Consequently the jack tar knows more about the pistol and the military revolver than most men give him credit for.

British Dictionary definitions for jack tar

Jack Tar

(mainly literary) a sailor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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