1 clumsy and unskilled; "a big stupid lubberly fellow"
2 inexperienced in seamanship; "of all landlubbers the most lubberly" [syn: landlubberly]
- Clumsy and stupid; resembling a lubber (an inexperienced person).
- Ponocrates and Eudemon burst out in a laughing so heartily, that they had almost split with it, and given up the ghost, in rendering their souls to God: even just as Crassus did, seeing a lubberly ass eat thistles;
- Lacking in seamanship; of or suitable to
a landlubber who is
new to being at sea and unfamiliar with the ways of a sailor.
- 1848, James Fenimore Cooper, "Captain Spike, Or The Islets of the Gulf", in Bentley's Miscellany http://books.google.com/books?id=79zu_mUqPYgC, page 19:
- "Do not use such a lubberly expression, my dear Rose, if you respect your father's profession. On a vessel is a new-fangled Americanism, that is neither fish, flesh, nor red-herring, as we sailors say,— neither English nor Greek."