Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[las-ker] /ˈlæs kər/
an East Indian sailor.
Indian English. an artilleryman.
Also, lashkar.
Origin of lascar
1615-25; < Portuguese, short for lasquarin soldier < Urdu lashkarī < Persian, equivalent to lashkar army + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for lascar
Historical Examples
  • That is only a lascar, one of the sailors, a picturesque fellow, isn't he?

  • Grief and rage convulsed the fierce face of the wounded lascar.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • A lascar sailor, who was living with the savages, acted as interpreter.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • He has crept out of the lascar's attic, and he saw the light.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Here is a lascar ashore from the big steamer that is to start for Alexandria on the morrow.

    Sunrise William Black
  • There was the boat, the lascar resting motionless on his oar.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • From the lascar he had learned all that he ever knew of the motives of the Gujarati's action.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • There were in my rank a woman, a cripple, and a lascar from the ships.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • I have seen a lascar several times while I have been down there.

  • The food belonged to Pambe, the Serang or head man of the lascar sailors.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for lascar


a sailor from the East Indies
Word Origin
C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for lascar

East Indian sailor, 1620s, from Portuguese lachar, from Hindi lashkari "soldier, native sailor," from lashkar "army, camp," from Persian lashkar. Cf. Arabic al-'askar "the army," perhaps from Persian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for lascar

Word Value for lascar

Scrabble Words With Friends