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[landz-muh n]
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noun, plural lands·men.
  1. Also landman. a person who lives or works on land.
  2. an inexperienced sailor or one who has not been to sea before.
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Origin of landsman1

before 1000 for sense “native”; Middle English landes man, londes man, Old English landes mann; see land, 's1, -man

Usage note

See -man.


[lahnts-muh n]
noun, plural lands·leit [lahnts-lahyt] /ˈlɑnts laɪt/, English lands·men. Yiddish.
  1. a person from the same town, geographical area, region, etc., as another; compatriot.
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Historical Examples

  • HALL is a landsman, and therefore the proper man to send in search of land.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870


  • Madden realized he was seeing what every landsman dreams of seeing: a naval battle.

  • Shall I appoint a mariner to be skipper of my vessel, or a landsman?

  • It was a daring act; so daring that, landsman as I was, I deemed it almost foolhardy.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • These are the stock-in-trade of the landsman; they were too real for the sailor to sing about.

British Dictionary definitions for landsman


noun plural -men
  1. a person who works or lives on land, as distinguished from a seaman
  2. a person with no experience at sea
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noun plural -men
  1. a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another
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Word Origin

from Yiddish
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