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

Examples of landlubber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some on board had spent decades at sea; others were landlubbers. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Many rivers flow through or beside remote country that rarely sees landlubber turkey hunters. Jim Spencer, Outdoor Life, "Float a River to Find a Turkey Hunting Hotspot," 4 May 2020 Dinosaurs are considered, after all, to be complete landlubbers. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Groundbreaking Fossil Suggests Spinosaurus Is First Known Swimming Dinosaur," 30 Apr. 2020 Jennifer Lamb and Matt Davis Amphibians are half-landlubbers, half water-babies. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Salamanders and Frogs Hide a Glowing Secret," 27 Feb. 2020 In Jaws 2, Roy Scheider reprises his role as Police Chief Brody, the landlubber lawman forced to battle a great white shark. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Aren’t Democrats Issuing a Sanders Alert?," 26 Feb. 2020 Comparing genomes of close relatives is one way to track down when landlubber traits evolved, but only since 2012 have researchers considered these algae, part of the class Zygnematophyceae, to be the closest to land plants. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Alien genes from bacteria helped plants conquer the land," 14 Nov. 2019 To me, this ship has a history and a story in its own right,’’ 32-year-old Don Heminitz said the other day while at work on the mizzen shrouds, which to a landlubber like me are ropes that help support the masts., "YSTIC, Conn. — He is the captain now of a majestic ship, a 106-foot wooden vessel that has sailed out of the yellowed pages of history and charted a historic course of its own.," 30 Oct. 2019 Bearman says there will be a burger, salads and some other items for landlubbers. Michael Mayo,, "Something’s cooking in Palm Beach County: 3 new restaurants from 3 talented chefs," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of landlubber

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for landlubber

land entry 1 + lubber

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The first known use of landlubber was circa 1700

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21 May 2020

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“Landlubber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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