from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown.
  • noun a name given in contempt by sailors to a person who lives on land.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large, stout, clumsy grasshopper; esp., Brachystola magna, from the Rocky Mountain plains, and Romalea microptera, which is injurious to orange trees in Florida.
  • noun (Naut.) a hole in the floor of the “top,” next the mast, through which sailors may go aloft without going over the rim by the futtock shrouds. It is considered by seamen as only fit to be used by lubbers.
  • noun a line or point in the compass case indicating the head of the ship, and consequently the course which the ship is steering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a clumsy or lazy person
  • noun nautical an inexperienced or novice sailor; a landlubber

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

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


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

[Middle English lobur, lazy lout; akin to lob, lout; see lob.]


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