or Jack Tar



a sailor.

Origin of jack-tar

First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for jack-tar

Historical Examples of jack-tar

  • It ought not to have been loose, and there is a bit of discipline for some jack-tar.

  • The other, as his dress betokened, was a Jack-tar of the Royal Navy.

    The Thorogood Family

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Somehow it has come to be supposed or assumed that a jack-tar cannot ride.

    Charlie to the Rescue

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Born as he was in the nineteenth century, he was only a Jack-tar and a hero!

    Blue Lights

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • None are more ready to pay due deference to rank than Jack-tar, for he is made most to feel its power.