Sailor Speak of the Week – Landlubber

Definition

Noun

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

Origin

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

Comments

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

References

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

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