shellback

[ shel-bak ]
/ ˈʃɛlˌbæk /

noun

an old sailor.
a person who has crossed the equator by boat.

Nearby words

  1. shell suit,
  2. shell-like,
  3. shell-shocked,
  4. shellac,
  5. shellacking,
  6. shellbark,
  7. shellcracker,
  8. shelled,
  9. sheller,
  10. shelley

Origin of shellback

First recorded in 1880–85; shell + back1

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British Dictionary definitions for shellback

shellback

/ (ˈʃɛlˌbæk) /

noun

informal a sailor who has crossed the equatorCompare polliwog (def. 2)
an experienced or old sailor
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