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[landz-muh n] /ˈlændz mən/
noun, plural landsmen.
Also, landman. a person who lives or works on land.
an inexperienced sailor or one who has not been to sea before.
Origin of landsman1
before 1000 for sense “native”; Middle English landes man, londes man, Old English landes mann; see land, 's1, -man
Usage note
See -man.


[lahnts-muh n] /ˈlɑnts mən/
noun, plural landsleit
[lahnts-lahyt] /ˈlɑnts laɪt/ (Show IPA).
English, landsmen. Yiddish.
a person from the same town, geographical area, region, etc., as another; compatriot. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for landsman
Historical Examples
  • HALL is a landsman, and therefore the proper man to send in search of land.

  • Madden realized he was seeing what every landsman dreams of seeing: a naval battle.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Shall I appoint a mariner to be skipper of my vessel, or a landsman?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • It was a daring act; so daring that, landsman as I was, I deemed it almost foolhardy.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • These are the stock-in-trade of the landsman; they were too real for the sailor to sing about.

  • He was—let this excuse be made for him—a landsman, comparatively new to the Islands.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • And, being by profession a sailor, I may be able to do much that a landsman could not.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • A trick upon a landsman, generally performed in a guard-ship.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A landsman or boy in a coaster, undeserving the pay of a full-man.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A fine paid by a youngster or landsman on first mounting the top.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for landsman


noun (pl) -men
a person who works or lives on land, as distinguished from a seaman
a person with no experience at sea


noun (pl) -men
a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another
Word Origin
from Yiddish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for landsman



A fellow countryman, townsman, etc; compatriot; homeboy, paesan: You from Kalamazoo? Landsman!

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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