an unseasoned sailor or someone unfamiliar with the sea.

1690–1700; land + lubber

landlubberish, adjective
landlubberly, landlubbing, adjective Unabridged
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landlubber (ˈlændˌlʌbə)
nautical any person having no experience at sea
[C18: land + lubber]

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Word Origin & History

sailor's term of contempt for a landsman, c.1700, from land (n.) + lubber (q.v.).
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Example sentences
He may be a landlubber microbiologist, but he respected the power of the ocean.
We'll tug on our landlubber skins and be surprised at how easily they fit after a few days.
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