Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clumsy person.
  • n. An inexperienced sailor; a landlubber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a clumsy or lazy person
  • n. an inexperienced or novice sailor; a landlubber

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sail in a lubberly or clumsy manner.
  • n. A heavy, clumsy fellow; a sturdy, awkward dolt: applied especially by sailors to any one of the crew who is deficient in seamanship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an awkward stupid person
  • n. an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage

Etymologies

Middle English lobur, lazy lout; akin to lob, lout; see lob.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There is a good deal of what I call a lubber's fuss, parson, kept up on board a ship that shall be nameless, but which bears, about three leagues distant, broad off in the ocean, and which is lying to under a close-reefed maintopsail, a foretopmast-staysail, and foresail -- I call my hand a true one in mixing a can -- take another pull at the halyards!

    The Pilot

  • A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land.

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  • She’d be swingin’ that lubber from the shaggin’ yardarm!

    Pirate: the definition

  • Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • A wind dead aft, blanketing more than half the canvas, is called a lubber's wind.

    All Afloat A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways

  • The mate shouted to him in the full strength of his lungs to "Bear a hand and lay in off the yard," and unjustly berated him as a "lubber," while the poor fellow was tugging away, and working with might and main, to disengage his tail from the lift, in which he at length succeeded, but not without the aid of his jackknife.

    Jack in the Forecastle or, Incidents in the Early Life of Hawser Martingale

  • And what I meant, '' he continued in a resentful tone, ` ` is that their republican god, which is neither stick nor stone, but seems to be some kind of lubber, has never given us seamen a chief like that one the soldiers have got ashore. ''

    The Rover

  • The 'lubber' part of it was too clearly aimed at me to be mistaken; but I could not discover in it anything but nonsense all the way through to the end.

    Cast Away in the Cold An Old Man's Story of a Young Man's Adventures, as Related by Captain John Hardy, Mariner

  • 4Ossie reveals his secret to success - the ball was his 'lubber'

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  • 1Ossie reveals his secret to success - the ball was his 'lubber'

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