Sailor Speak of the Week – Idler



  • (AKA dayman) a crew member who doesn’t stand a watch.


Probably earlier than the 18th Century. Most likely a jocular term for people who had “all night in.”


The term also can also refer to crew members who are excused from standing watches at night (hence, daymen).


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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