I prided myself on having a mouth like a sailor, imagined myself unshockable.
She and her sailor jitterbugged through three numbers on a floor crowded with 30 or more other couples.
One man feels resentful and betrayed “like a sailor who had come to the edge of a flat world.”
c.1400, sailer, agent noun from sail (v.). Spelling with -o- arose 16c., probably by influence of tailor, etc., and to distinguish the meaning "seaman, mariner" from "thing that sails." It replaced much older seaman and mariner (q.q.v.). Old English also had merefara "sailor." Applied as an adjective from 1870s to clothing styles and items based on a sailor's characteristic attire.