land-lubber


land-lubber
   A seaman’s term for someone who does not go to sea, and is ignorant of life on board ship. The term would not normally be used vocatively, though it is used in a friendly way in Absolute Beginners, by Colin MacInnes. The speaker is one whose idiolect is marked by a great range of unusual terms of address. Seamen would refer to a clumsy seaman as a lubber. In early use the word also referred to idleness. Monks were therefore known as ‘abbey-lubbers’, since they appeared to do no work. In Devonshire dialect, ‘lubber’ became ‘lubby’.

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  • Land lubber — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • land-lubber — landˈ lubber noun (nautical; derogatory) A landsman • • • Main Entry: ↑land …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lubber — Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by sailors to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber grasshopper — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's hole — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's line — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's mark — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's point — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lubber — {{11}}lubber (n.) mid 14c., big, clumsy, stupid fellow who lives in idleness, from lobre, earlier lobi lazy lout, probably of Scandinavian origin (Cf. Swed. dialectal lubber a plump, lazy fellow ). But OED suggests a possible connection with O.Fr …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brachystola magna — Lubber Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English