Caesar no understand den what um mean, but um say—‘What’s dat, you lubber?
Then he stared at me again, and cried: ‘Is that the lubber Hardy, of the Blackbird?’
It conveys to the nautical mind an idea of skill which no "lubber" can possess.
Port your helm, you lubber; don't you see where you're standing for?
There is a hobgoblin called Ben in the room—a sort of lubber fiend who loves to play pranks on people.
“Let go, you lubber,” said the sailor next to windward of Reuben, on the yard.
The lubber took up his position near the boys, turning a broad back to them.
And as for my steering aright, why, with a compass—am I a lubber?'
I ken the skipper of that there ship, and hes no lubber, no more than I be.
A man had made a shot at me, and must have been a lubber by his want of range and common-sense.
mid-14c., "big, clumsy, stupid fellow who lives in idleness," from lobre, earlier lobi "lazy lout," probably of Scandinavian origin (cf. Swedish dialectal lubber "a plump, lazy fellow"). But OED suggests a possible connection with Old French lobeor "swindler, parasite," with sense altered by association with lob (n.) in the "bumpkin" sense. A sailors' word since 16c. (cf. landlubber), but earliest attested use is of lazy monks (cf. abbey-lubber). Cf. also lubberwort, the name of the mythical herb that produces laziness (1540s); and Lubberland "imaginary land of plenty without work" (1590s). Sometimes also Lubbard (1580s).
1520s, from lubber (n.). Related: Lubbered; lubbering.