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[land-luhb-er] /ˈlændˌlʌb ər/
an unseasoned sailor or someone unfamiliar with the sea.
Origin of landlubber
1690-1700; land + lubber
Related forms
landlubberish, adjective
landlubberly, landlubbing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for landlubber
Historical Examples
  • I was to wear the heaviest clothes I had, because the landlubber always caught cold at sea.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • With this chart a landlubber could have gone straight to the atoll.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • See here, you landlubber, them high and mighty airs dont go down with me, and youll find they dont.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
  • Who but a landlubber ever needed to look at a compass to see which way the wind blew?

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • I'm sick to death of this town and this place and this landlubber's job.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But I had tasted fog and brine, and the "landlubber's" lot was too monotonously tame for me.

    Out of the Fog C. K. Ober
  • Well, if Mr. Tuckerman is such a landlubber as he appears to be, I think its only right you should give him your help.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • The term "landlubber" conveyed no disparagement to my ears now.

    Tales of the Wonder Club M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
  • It's not fair, giving a landlubber a good job aboard this ship.

    The Boy Pilot of the Lakes Frank V. Webster
  • If that isn't a Zummerset or Devon yokel, sink me for a landlubber!

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for landlubber


(nautical) any person having no experience at sea
Word Origin
C18: land + lubber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for landlubber

also land-lubber, sailor's term of contempt for a landsman, c.1700, from land (n.) + lubber (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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