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ordinary seaman

a seaman insufficiently skilled to be classified as an able-bodied seaman.
Abbreviation: O.D., O.S., o.s.
Origin of ordinary seaman
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “As an ordinary seaman—or a boy if you will,” replied Edwin, with a smile.

    Philosopher Jack R.M. Ballantyne
  • Ernest was signed on the French bark Elizabeth as ordinary seaman.

  • The captain shipped me as an ordinary seaman at ten dollars a month.

  • He was no ordinary seaman—that was evident from his speech and manner.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • He paused and eyed the ordinary seaman with the hand-cart, who had released the shafts and was swinging his arms. ''

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • The ordinary seaman seized the shafts, and the procession moved forward.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • The ordinary seaman handed a box across, and his companion lit up.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • Undoubtedly he ranked with the ordinary seaman when the time of distribution came.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • The latter soon made his appearance, and attended to the sufferer, who proved to be an ordinary seaman named Morgan.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • Her troubled brain refused to wonder at such a reply from an ordinary seaman.

British Dictionary definitions for ordinary seaman

ordinary seaman

a seaman of the lowest rank, being insufficiently experienced to be an able-bodied seaman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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