- Also landman. a person who lives or works on land.
- an inexperienced sailor or one who has not been to sea before.
Origin of landsman1
- a person from the same town, geographical area, region, etc., as another; compatriot.
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Examples from the Web for landsman
HALL is a landsman, and therefore the proper man to send in search of land.
Madden realized he was seeing what every landsman dreams of seeing: a naval battle.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Shall I appoint a mariner to be skipper of my vessel, or a landsman?The Memorabilia
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.The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties
Richard Runciman Terry
- a person who works or lives on land, as distinguished from a seaman
- a person with no experience at sea
- a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another
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