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jack-tar

or Jack Tar

[jak-tahr] /ˈdʒækˈtɑr/
noun
1.
a sailor.
Origin of jack-tar
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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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

noun
1.
(mainly literary) a sailor
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