land·​lub·​ber | \ ˈland-ˌlə-bər How to pronounce landlubber (audio) \

Definition of landlubber

: landsman sense 2 clumsy landlubbers learning to sail

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Other Words from landlubber

landlubberliness \ ˈland-​ˌlə-​bər-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce landlubberliness (audio) \ noun
landlubberly \ ˈland-​ˌlə-​bər-​lē How to pronounce landlubberly (audio) \ adjective
landlubbing \ ˈland-​ˌlə-​biŋ How to pronounce landlubbing (audio) \ adjective

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This is an impressive beauty haven even by landlubber standards. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Gyroscopic Stabilization Illustration: Arthur Mount This technology addresses a vast untapped market in recreational boating: landlubbers, which is to say, those prone to seasickness, perhaps as much as a third of the population. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 Captain Slick and his grimy band of pirates took control of the tall ship California on Sunday, forcing the crew of roughly 40 landlubbers — those not skilled at sea — to swab the deck or face walking the plank. Phillip Molnar,, "Pirates take over Maritime Museum as part of two-day Pirate Days event," 20 May 2018 For landlubbers, the Mall and monuments are a 15-minute walk or short cab ride under Interstate 395. Washington Post, "‘People want to go there’: D.C.’s newest neighborhood welcomes American Revolution-themed cruise ship," 4 May 2018 Brigands, buccaneers and even mermaids will be around to entertain landlubbers like yourselves, the Liberty ship John W. Brown and the schooner Panther will be open for tours, there’ll be food, drink and grog aplenty. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Privateers, Platinum Comedy and Jewish film: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 15 Apr. 2018 All of this wrapped up in an easily attainable, affordable price to attract landlubbers – who can be of any age, but largely millennials, families, singles and couples. Lydia Schrandt, USA TODAY, "What makes the "World's Most Popular Cruise Line" so successful?," 2 Apr. 2018 Virtual reality techniques like 360-degree video and detailed 3D models let landlubbers go underwater to visit famous shipwrecks. NBC News, "What is VR? The devices and apps that turn the real world virtual," 15 Mar. 2018 USA TODAY While Oscar voters have until Tuesday to vote for their favorites, The Shape of Water is feeling the love from audiences of landlubbers. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Oscars poll: Moviegoers would give best picture to 'The Shape of Water'," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of landlubber

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of landlubber was circa 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of landlubber

old-fashioned + humorous : a person who knows very little or nothing about the sea or ships : a person who is not a sailor


land·​lub·​ber | \ ˈland-ˌlə-bər How to pronounce landlubber (audio) \

Kids Definition of landlubber

: a person who lives on land and knows little or nothing about the sea

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