[ land-luhb-er ]

  1. an unseasoned sailor or someone unfamiliar with the sea.

Origin of landlubber

First recorded in 1690–1700; land + lubber

Other words from landlubber

  • land·lub·ber·ish, adjective
  • land·lub·ber·ly, landlubbing, adjective

Words Nearby landlubber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use landlubber in a sentence

  • Then I don't blame her for changing her mind, ye bloody landlubber!

  • Well, if Mr. Tuckerman is such a landlubber as he appears to be, I think its only right you should give him your help.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure | Rupert Sargent Holland
  • I can quit this landlubber's job where I'm nothin' but a swab, and go to sea again, where I'm some account.

    The Woman-Haters | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "It's heavy sea for that fellow, and he looks like a landlubber trying to walk the deck in a rough sea," said Captain Scott.

    Four Young Explorers | Oliver Optic
  • He was at once set down as an "awkward landlubber," dismissed from his coal-shovelling, and ordered to do duty in the lamp-room.

British Dictionary definitions for landlubber


/ (ˈlændˌlʌbə) /

  1. nautical any person having no experience at sea

Origin of landlubber

C18: land + lubber

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