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swabber

[swob-er]
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noun
  1. a person who uses a swab.
  2. Slang. swab(def 6).
  3. a swab; mop.
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Origin of swabber

1585–95; < Dutch zwabber; compare Middle Low German swabben to splash in water or filth
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Examples from the Web for swabber

Historical Examples

  • I'm afraid the sea is too cold for me this morning, Mr. Swabber.

    Mr. Punch at the Seaside

    Various

  • There was no place on board for a 'waister,' a 'swabber,' longshoreman, or sea labourer.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms

    David W. Bone

  • Under the swabber there was a temporary rate known as the liar.

    On the Spanish Main

    John Masefield

  • For the duty even of a swabber, he does not consider himself too high, but washes the deck most delicately clean.


British Dictionary definitions for swabber

swabber

noun
  1. a person who uses a swab
  2. a device designed for swabbing
  3. slang an uncouth fellow
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