Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A green hand on board a whaler, usually placed in the waist of the vessel until qualified for more responsible duties.
- n. On a naval vessel, formerly, one of a class of old men who have been disabled or grown gray without rising in the service.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A seaman, usually a green hand or a broken-down man, stationed in the waist of a vessel of war.
- waist + -er (Wiktionary)
“They could not be got upon deck in the night, or if by dint of the rope's-end they were at length routed out of their hammocks, they immediately developed the worst symptoms of the "waister" -- seasickness and fear of that which is high.”
“What I like most about it is that it's not a shirt waister.”
“Sally had grimaced with distaste when she had met her from the train, immediately condemning the beige shirt waister dress she was wearing as unbelievably frumpy and sexless.”
“No need I've got several thin tops with me, and I'll take the skirt and gi let There's the shirt - waister if it gets really warm.”
“Her jersey shirt waister by no means new, but it went well with her brown tweed coat.”
“Rose finished her packing, showered and got into a cotton jersey shirt waister not high fashion, but very simple and suitable for a journey, then she went to phone her aunt.”
“She was glad presently that she had taken such pains with her hair and her face and that she had kept on the jersey shirt waister.”
“He was made a waister, and, at furling sails stationed on the main yard.”
“Settle away this waister," again called Fid; "he interrupts rational conversation by his noise; and, as his gear is condemned by this here tailor, why, you may turn him over to the purser for a new outfit.”
“Bouse a bit on this waister!" called Richard, when he had properly secured the good-man; "so; belay all that.”
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