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

Definition of landlubber

: landsman sense 2 clumsy landlubbers learning to sail

Keep scrolling for more

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

Most humans are landlubbers, after all—though many of our foods and jobs are tied to seaborne economies. National Geographic, "Ocean species are disappearing faster than those on land," 24 Apr. 2019 But folks on a landlubber diet have plenty of meat choices, including quail, steak, and chicken. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 Also new this year is the Da Poke Man Express truck serving up fresh and flavorful poke including ahi, crab, mussels and shrimp along with a few landlubber options like a teriyaki burger and musubi. Anchorage Daily News, "Add these new(ish) Anchorage food trucks to your rotation this summer," 6 June 2019 But how did scores of avian landlubbers find their way to such salty doom? Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "Giant tiger sharks eat backyard birds, surprising study reveals," 21 May 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'landlubber.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of landlubber

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about landlubber

Statistics for landlubber

Last Updated

17 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for landlubber

The first known use of landlubber was circa 1700

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for landlubber



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on landlubber

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with landlubber

Spanish Central: Translation of landlubber

Nglish: Translation of landlubber for Spanish Speakers

Comments on landlubber

What made you want to look up landlubber? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!