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swabby

or swabbie

[swob-ee] /ˈswɒb i/
noun, plural swabbies.
1.
Slang. (in the Navy or Coast Guard) a sailor; gob.
Origin of swabby
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45; swab + -y2
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swab

noun

A sailor, esp a Navy seaman: better fitting dress uniforms for the hard-to-fit doughboy or swabbie

[1798+; probably fr the characteristic activity of using swabs for cleaning the decks and other features of a ship]

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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