from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A worker in unmortared stone; a stonemason who has not served an apprenticeship.
  • n. A person who attempts to pass himself off as a Freemason without having experienced the rituals or going through the degrees.
  • n. A sneak; an inquisitive or prying person.
  • n. uninitiated, outside, “profane”
  • n. A fishing-boat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who works as a mason without having served a regular apprenticeship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose occupation is the building of dry stone walls: used especially of one who has not been regularly trained in the mason's trade.
  • n. Hence One who is not a Free-Mason.


First attested in 1598. (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1722; perhaps from the Scottish Gaelic cobhan ("coffer”, “box”, “ark"). (Wiktionary)



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