One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.‘he dismissed the crossing with the usual landsman's casualness’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There were two types of men on board ship: seamen, further broken down between ordinary and able, and landsmen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was no seaman, yet those vessels looked too flimsy to his landsman's eye.’
- ‘And Nerida had the landsmen beat the shields and armour to make boats.’
- ‘He simply pointed it out to the two landsmen and flew down to join them.’
- ‘Some time later, usually April or May of the same year, beaters are taken during the landsmen's hunt.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Amid the many pressed landsmen in Victory's crew of 800 such experience made him valuable.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On page 381 he writes of the French putting to sea with full crews; in fact, the crews consisted largely of untrained landsmen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But landsmen were not particularly liked by either the officers or sailors even though they were necessary.’
2A fellow countryman.
- 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’
- 2.1 (in Jewish use) a Jewish person who emigrated, or whose family emigrated, from the same country as another.
Old English (in the sense ‘native of a particular country’): from land + man.
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