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[landz-muh n] /ˈlændz mən/
noun, plural landsmen.
Also, landman. a person who lives or works on land.
an inexperienced sailor or one who has not been to sea before.
Origin of landsman
before 1000 for sense “native”; Middle English landes man, londes man, Old English landes mann; see land, 's1, -man
Usage note
See -man.


[lahnts-muh n] /ˈlɑnts mən/
noun, plural landsleit
[lahnts-lahyt] /ˈlɑnts laɪt/ (Show IPA).
English, landsmen. Yiddish.
a person from the same town, geographical area, region, etc., as another; compatriot. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for landsman
Historical Examples
  • As to its safety, I hope the Admiralty are the best judges; to a landsman's eye she looks very small.

  • A fine paid by a youngster or landsman on first mounting the top.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The same Providence watches over the seaman as the landsman.

    The Cambrian Sketch-Book R. Rice Davies
  • His dress was more that of a landsman than of a sailor, though it partook of both.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • HALL is a landsman, and therefore the proper man to send in search of land.

  • The aid of a landsman would be of little service in operations like these.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • Supposedly driven underground, the Church counted almost every landsman among its supporters from the Kings down.

    Rastignac the Devil Philip Jos Farmer
  • He neither looks like a landsman nor a seaman, but a sort of mixture of both.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • It would only perplex a landsman to be told in detail the proceedings of the “Nancy” and her crew after this point.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • Madden realized he was seeing what every landsman dreams of seeing: a naval battle.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for landsman


noun (pl) -men
a person who works or lives on land, as distinguished from a seaman
a person with no experience at sea


noun (pl) -men
a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another
Word Origin
from Yiddish
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Slang definitions & phrases for landsman



: I am another kvetch when it comes to wind chimes/right in tune with the city medical spirit, which is basically one of kvetch


To whine; complain; be consistently pessimistic: I know you know. I'm just kvetching/Dealing with a controversial idea of public importance, Mobil kvetched

[1960s+; fr Yiddish, literally ''squeeze, press'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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