shell·​back ˈshel-ˌbak How to pronounce shellback (audio)
: an old or veteran sailor
: a person who has crossed the equator and been initiated in the traditional ceremony

Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shellback was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Shellback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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