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lubber

[ luhb-er ]

noun

  1. a big, clumsy, stupid person; lout.
  2. an awkward or unskilled sailor; landlubber.


adjective

  1. clumsy; stupid; lubberly.

verb (used without object)

  1. to behave like a lubber, especially in the handling of a boat.

lubber

/ ˈlʌbə /

noun

  1. a big, awkward, or stupid person
  2. short for landlubber


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Derived Forms

  • ˈlubberliness, noun
  • ˈlubberly, adjectiveadverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lubber1

First recorded in 1325–75, lubber is from the Middle English word lobre. See lob 1, -er 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lubber1

C14 lobre, probably from Scandinavian. See lob 1
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Example Sentences

“And now for some rope-pie for the stubborn young lubber,” said the skipper, lifting a bit of rope as he spoke.

Get out of my sight and take your hands out of your pockets, you insolent little lubber.

While he had winked his eyes, so it seemed to him, the true course had fairly straddled away from the lubber line.

I've been a listenin' to you and that lubber that doesn't know a whale's a fish, and it looks squally to me.

Her master, as Griggs remarked, "was no d—d slouching lubber, and knew a yardarm from a rattan cane."

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