lub·​ber ˈlə-bər How to pronounce lubber (audio)
: a big clumsy fellow
: a clumsy seaman
lubberliness noun
lubberly adjective or adverb

Examples of lubber in a Sentence

although he's something of a lubber, everyone agrees that he has a kind heart the two lubbers who came to deliver my furniture
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Word History


Middle English lobre, lobur

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lubber was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lubber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


lub·​ber ˈləb-ər How to pronounce lubber (audio)
: a big clumsy person
: an unskilled seaman
lubberly adjective or adverb
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