American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who, from want of experience, is awkward or lubberly on board ship; a raw seaman; any one unused to the sea: a term of reproach or ridicule among sailors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) One who passes his life on land; -- so called among seamen in contempt or ridicule.
- n. a name given in contempt by sailors to a person who lives on land.
- n. an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
- n. a person who lives and works on land
- Extension (with land) of earlier lubber. Compare also landloper. (Wiktionary)
“The 'landlubber' might apply to other natives; but I fear they could hardly be called”
“It was a bitter disappointment to him that his father forbade his going to sea and was educating him to be a "landlubber," which he had been taught by his boy associates to regard as the most contemptible thing on earth.”
“I noticed that he called me 'landlubber' very frequently, but I had no idea whether he meant to compliment or abuse me, though it seemed more likely to me that it was the latter.”
“The nautical accuracy of these tales of the sea could scarcely have been attained by a "landlubber".”
““Walk away, landlubber, and dream of being a sea dog.””
“Smith, despite his lack of naval experience, had proved a surprisingly efficient First Lord in Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's government, but the comedic possibilities of a landlubber navy chief were too potent for Gilbert to resist.”
“We would like to take Utanapishtim at his word, but it seems that he was a real landlubber, who knew little of shipbuilding.”
“This will pretty much guarantee that your dog remains a landlubber.”
“So if Barack Obama, a Chicago landlubber, uses it, someone else must definitely have ghosted his autobiography.”
“Yer slaverin's must conform to the spirit o 'the Jolly Roger or they'll be ripped out like the still-quiverin' heart of a star-crossed landlubber, like we did for this poxy knave.”
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