from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a lubber; clumsy; awkward.
  • Clumsily; awkwardly.

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

  • adverb Clumsily; awkwardly.
  • adjective Like a lubber; clumsy.

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

  • adjective Clumsy and stupid; resembling a lubber (an inexperienced person).
  • adjective Lacking in seamanship; of or suitable to a landlubber who is new to being at sea and unfamiliar with the ways of a sailor.
  • adverb In the manner of a landlubber.

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

  • adjective inexperienced in seamanship
  • adjective clumsy and unskilled


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lubber +‎ -ly



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