Lubber Lub"ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster]

Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. --Tusser. [1913 Webster]

{Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by sailors to a person who lives on land.

{Lubber grasshopper} (Zo["o]l.), a large, stout, clumsy grasshopper; esp., {Brachystola magna}, from the Rocky Mountain plains, and {Romalea microptera}, which is injurious to orange trees in Florida.

{Lubber's hole} (Naut.), 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. --Totten.

{Lubber's line}, {Lubber's point}, or {Lubber's mark}, a line or point in the compass case indicating the head of the ship, and consequently the course which the ship is steering. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • lubber — [lub′ər] n. [ME lobre < lobbe : see LOB] 1. a big, slow, clumsy person 2. an inexperienced, clumsy sailor; landlubber adj. big and clumsy lubberliness n. lubberly adj., adv …   English World dictionary

  • lubber — {{11}}lubber (n.) mid 14c., big, clumsy, stupid fellow who lives in idleness, from lobre, earlier lobi lazy lout, probably of Scandinavian origin (Cf. Swed. dialectal lubber a plump, lazy fellow ). But OED suggests a possible connection with O.Fr …   Etymology dictionary

  • lubber — /lub euhr/, n. 1. a big, clumsy, stupid person; lout. 2. an awkward or unskilled sailor; landlubber. adj. 3. clumsy; stupid; lubberly. v.i. 4. to behave like a lubber, esp. in the handling of a boat. [1325 75; ME lobre. See LOB1, ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Lubber — See Abbey lubber …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • lubber — n. a big clumsy fellow; a lout. Phrases and idioms: lubber line Naut. a line marked on a compass, showing the ship s forward direction. Derivatives: lubberlike adj. lubberly adj. & adv. Etymology: ME, perh. f. OF lobeor swindler, parasite f.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lubber'd — lubberd, lubber d obs. forms of lubbard …   Useful english dictionary

  • lubber — noun Etymology: Middle English lobre, lobur Date: 14th century 1. a big clumsy fellow 2. a clumsy seaman • lubberliness noun • lubberly adjective or adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lubber — noun a) a clumsy or lazy person b) an inexperienced or novice sailor; a landlubber …   Wiktionary

  • lubber — Synonyms and related words: blockhead, blunderer, blunderhead, boor, botcher, bumbler, bumpkin, bungler, clock watcher, clod, clodhopper, clodknocker, clot, clown, dallier, dawdle, dawdler, diddler, dillydallier, do nothing, dolittle, dolt,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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