Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seaman stationed in the waist of a warship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seaman, usually a green hand or a broken-down man, stationed in the waist of a vessel of war.

from The 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.

Etymologies

waist +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • What I like most about it is that it's not a shirt waister.

    Lustworthy Pockets - A Dress A Day

  • 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.

    Lesson To Learn

  • "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."

    A Kind Of Magic

  • Her jersey shirt waister by no means new, but it went well with her brown tweed coat.

    Stormy Springtime

  • 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.

    A Girl Named Rose

  • 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.

    Last April Fair

  • He was made a waister, and, at furling sails stationed on the main yard.

    Rattlin the Reefer

  • "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."

    The Red Rover

  • "Bouse a bit on this waister!" called Richard, when he had properly secured the good-man; "so; belay all that."

    The Red Rover

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