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landlubber

[land-luhb-er] /ˈlændˌlʌb ər/
noun
1.
an unseasoned sailor or someone unfamiliar with the sea.
Origin of landlubber
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700; land + lubber
Related forms
landlubberish, adjective
landlubberly, landlubbing, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • I'm sick to death of this town and this place and this landlubber's job.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Who but a landlubber ever needed to look at a compass to see which way the wind blew?

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • With this chart a landlubber could have gone straight to the atoll.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • But I had tasted fog and brine, and the "landlubber's" lot was too monotonously tame for me.

    Out of the Fog C. K. Ober
  • It's not fair, giving a landlubber a good job aboard this ship.

    The Boy Pilot of the Lakes Frank V. Webster
  • The term "landlubber" conveyed no disparagement to my ears now.

    Tales of the Wonder Club M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
  • If that isn't a Zummerset or Devon yokel, sink me for a landlubber!

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
  • The waves rolled high, and the little schooner plunged about in a manner frightful to a landlubber.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • Davy was a "landlubber," as his cousin Sam Coffin was wont to assert whenever he wanted to tease him.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • In his secret heart the Cap'en looks upon Arnold-Forster as a landlubber.

British Dictionary definitions for landlubber

landlubber

/ˈlændˌlʌbə/
noun
1.
(nautical) any person having no experience at sea
Word Origin
C18: land + lubber
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Word Origin and History for landlubber
n.

also land-lubber, sailor's term of contempt for a landsman, c.1700, from land (n.) + lubber (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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