Definition of landsman in English:



  • 1A person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.

    ‘he dismissed the crossing with the usual landsman's casualness’
    • ‘Sailors wore the same loose-fitting shirt of light white linen worn by landsmen with a modest tuff at collar and wrists.’
    • ‘He glanced over at Cyril as he spoke, glad to see that the landsman was still standing straighter than usual.’
    • ‘Only when the navy had to depend upon landsmen for recruits did it worry about recruit and advanced training; most officers came from the Naval Academy and needed little more than practical experience to function well.’
    • ‘The normal pay scales in both navies ranged from $12 a month for landsmen and other inexperienced hands to $14 a month for ordinary seamen and $18 a month for seamen.’
    • ‘Some time later, usually April or May of the same year, beaters are taken during the landsmen's hunt.’
    • ‘There were two types of men on board ship: seamen, further broken down between ordinary and able, and landsmen.’
    • ‘On page 381 he writes of the French putting to sea with full crews; in fact, the crews consisted largely of untrained landsmen.’
    • ‘As he spoke, Johen had raised the flustered landsman before him to his feet, shaken his hand heartily, guided him to a heavy chair before the hearth, and seated himself in the matching chair on the other side of the hearth.’
    • ‘Nor did the clerks stand much higher in his good graces; indeed, he seems to have regarded all the landsmen on board his ship as a kind of live lumber, continually in the way.’
    • ‘He was no seaman, yet those vessels looked too flimsy to his landsman's eye.’
    • ‘He simply pointed it out to the two landsmen and flew down to join them.’
    • ‘Amid the many pressed landsmen in Victory's crew of 800 such experience made him valuable.’
    • ‘Ships' captains needed skilled seamen not unskilled landsmen, there is no doubt that the great majority of pressed men were seamen, usually from the merchant marine.’
    • ‘But landsmen were not particularly liked by either the officers or sailors even though they were necessary.’
    • ‘And Nerida had the landsmen beat the shields and armour to make boats.’
  • 2A fellow countryman.

    1. 2.1 (in Jewish use) a Jewish person who emigrated, or whose family emigrated, from the same country as another.
      ‘he was appointed as Rabbi of the shul of the Bialystok landsmen in New York’


Old English (in the sense ‘native of a particular country’): from land + man.