What does lubber mean?

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ˈlʌb ərlub·ber

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lout, clod, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawknoun

    an awkward stupid person

  2. landlubber, lubber, landsmannoun

    an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage


  1. lubbernoun

    a clumsy or lazy person

  2. lubbernoun

    an inexperienced or novice sailor; a landlubber

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LUBBERnoun

    A sturdy drone; an idle, fat, bulky losel; a booby.

    Etymology: of this word the best derivation seems to be from lubbed, said by Franciscus Junius to signify in Danish fat.

    For tempest and showers deceiveth a many,
    And ling’ring lubbers loose many a penie. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    These chase the smaller shoals of fish from the main sea into the havens, leaping up and down, puffing like a fat lubber out of breath. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    They clap the lubber Ajax on the shoulder,
    As if his feet were on brave Hector’s breast,
    And great Troy shrinking. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    A notable lubber thou reportest him to be. William Shakespeare.

    Tell how the drudging goblin sweat;
    His shadowy flail hath thresh’d the corn,
    That ten day labourers could not end;
    Then lies him down the lubber fend. John Milton.

    Venetians do not more uncouthly ride,
    Than did your lubber state mankind bestride. Dryden.

    How can you name that superannuated lubber? William Congreve.


  1. lubber

    A lubber is generally referred to as an inexperienced or unskilled person, particularly in relation to sailing or nautical activities. The term is often used as a derogatory term for someone clumsy or awkward. It originates from the term "landlubber," a slang term used by seamen for those unfamiliar with the sea or seafaring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lubbernoun

    a heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown

  2. Etymology: [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See Looby, Lob.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lubber

    lub′ėr, Lubbard, lub′ard, n. an awkward, clumsy fellow: a lazy, sturdy fellow.—adj. Lubb′ard, lubberly.—adj. and adv. Lubb′erly.—n. Lubb′er's-hole (naut.), a hole between the head of the lower mast and the edge of the top through which 'lubbers' may climb, instead of going round the futtock shroud. [W. llob, a dolt, llabbi, a stripling.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lubber

    An awkward unseamanlike fellow; from a northern word implying a clownish dolt. A boatswain defined them as "fellows fitted with teeth longer than their hair," alluding to their appetites.

Anagrams for lubber »

  1. rubble

  2. burble

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lubber in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lubber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  • maakrapuFinnish
  • maldestro, zoticone, villano, goffo, marinaio d'acqua dolce, marinaio inespertoItalian

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