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

Examples of landlubber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In March, the company started offering its first landlubber tours of downtown Mobile on its new fleet of Gotcha scooters. Michelle Matthews |, al, 17 Aug. 2020 But Brandt, Prendini and Wendruff are all hesitant to dub Parioscorpio a pure landlubber like the more recent members of its lineage. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 Some on board had spent decades at sea; others were landlubbers. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 10 May 2020 Many rivers flow through or beside remote country that rarely sees landlubber turkey hunters. Jim Spencer, Outdoor Life, 4 May 2020 Dinosaurs are considered, after all, to be complete landlubbers. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 Jennifer Lamb and Matt Davis Amphibians are half-landlubbers, half water-babies. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 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, 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, 14 Nov. 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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“Landlubber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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