an unseasoned sailor or someone unfamiliar with the sea.

Origin of landlubber

First recorded in 1690–1700; land + lubber
Related formsland·lub·ber·ish, adjectiveland·lub·ber·ly, land·lub·bing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for landlubber

Historical Examples of landlubber

  • I'm sick to death of this town and this place and this landlubber's job.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Who but a landlubber ever needed to look at a compass to see which way the wind blew?


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • With this chart a landlubber could have gone straight to the atoll.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • But I had tasted fog and brine, and the "landlubber's" lot was too monotonously tame for me.

    Out of the Fog

    C. K. Ober

  • It's not fair, giving a landlubber a good job aboard this ship.

British Dictionary definitions for landlubber



nautical any person having no experience at sea

Word Origin for landlubber

C18: land + lubber
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Word Origin and History for landlubber

also land-lubber, sailor's term of contempt for a landsman, c.1700, from land (n.) + lubber (q.v.).

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