ordinary seaman

noun

Definition of ordinary seaman 

: a seaman of some experience but not as skilled as an able seaman

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Patrick Reed, previously dubbed Captain America for his Ryder Cup success and antics, was more of an ordinary seaman playing alongside Woods. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Top U.S. Golfers Thrown Off Their Game in Ryder Cup," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ordinary seaman

1702, in the meaning defined above

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