Definition of Lubber

1. Noun. An awkward stupid person.

Exact synonyms: Clod, Gawk, Goon, Lout, Lummox, Lump, Oaf, Stumblebum
Generic synonyms: Clumsy Person
Derivative terms: Gawky, Lubberly

2. Noun. An inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage.
Exact synonyms: Landlubber, Landsman
Generic synonyms: Beginner, Initiate, Novice, Tiro, Tyro
Derivative terms: Landlubberly, Lubberly

Definition of Lubber

1. n. A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown.

Definition of Lubber

1. Noun. a clumsy or lazy person ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) an inexperienced or novice sailor; a landlubber ¹

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Definition of Lubber

1. a clumsy person [n -S] : LUBBERLY [adj]

Medical Definition of Lubber

1. A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. "Lingering lubbers lose many a penny." (Tusser) Land lubber, a name given in contempt by sailors to a person who lives on land. Lubber grasshopper, a hole in the floor of the "top," next the mast, through which sailors may go aloft without going over the rim by the futtock shrouds. It is considered by seamen as only fit to be used by lubbers. Lubber's line, point, or mark, a line or point in the compass case indicating the head of the ship, and consequently the course which the ship is steering. Origin: Cf. Dial. Sw. Lubber. See Looby, Lob. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lubber

lubber (current term)
lubber's hole
lubber's line
lubber's mark
lubber's point
lubber line
lube job
lube jobs

Literary usage of Lubber

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1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"lubber'« Hole. Ab,-v cowardly way of doing what is appointed, or of evading duty. A seaman's expression. Sailors call the vacant space between the head of a ..."

2. An universal etymological English dictionaryby Nathan Bailey by Nathan Bailey (1724)
"EL, а hiy lubber. ... n-ff.ii lubber, [ of Upp, Г.яг. a Fool] a Drudge, a lazy Drone. ... lubber ..."

3. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Among sailors it is applied to a passenger or other land-lubber caught in the rigging and made to pay a forfeit. But the meaning that now overshadows all ..."

4. Navigation by George Leonard Hosmer (1918)
"lubber LINE On the inside of the bowl of the compass is a line set parallel to the keel of the vessel, called the lubber line. The point of the compass or ..."

5. A Glossary to the Works of William Shakespeare by Alexander Dyce (1902)
"4. 2. cock light, twilight, aN.K. iv. i. 112: see cock-shut time. cockney— This great lubber, the world, will prove a, i2N. iv. i. ..."

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