Sailor Speak of the Week – Landlubber



  • A non-sailor or person who knows little about the water.


16th century. Lubber comes from Anglo-Saxon, lobbe, meaning a slow and clumsy person. Also from Old French.


Given my limited time on the big blue, I pretty much still qualify as a landlubber. So sad.


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

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