from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old English term for the junior lieutenant. on a man-of-war, whose duty it was to drill the crew in musket and broadsword exercise.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Though he had spoken mildly enough to the other men, he was stern when addressing us, and being speedily handcuffed, we were committed to the charge of the lieutenant-at-arms, and placed under a guard of marines.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.