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1A person whose job it is to work as a member of the crew of a commercial or naval ship or boat, especially one who is below the rank of officer.‘Hawaii was an important stopping point for sailors to restock provisions’
seaman, seafarer, seafaring man, marinerboatman, yachtsman, yachtswomanhand, crew membersea dog, bluejacketmatelot, matlow, matlotar, jack tar, heartycrew, complementView synonyms
- ‘Ships were dressed with flags and sailors climbed the rigging or stood on decks, caps in hand, to cheer the Queen.’
- ‘The sailors on the patrol boat thought I was going to fall, so grabbed me by my clothes.’
- ‘He looked ahead and a saw a large crowd of sailors gathering around a docked ship.’
- ‘All the boats are captained by professional sailors but the rest of the crew are amateurs.’
- ‘As dawn broke, with the master's consent, sailors from the USS Bunker Hill boarded the vessel.’
- 1.1[usually with adjective or noun modifier]A person who goes sailing as a sport or recreation.‘he is a keen sailor in his spare time’
- ‘He was a member of the sailing club and stalwart sailor and racer who lost his life at sea last year.’
- ‘She had wide interests, was a keen dinghy sailor and took an active part in youth welfare.’
- ‘She is also a keen sailor, who is on track for her yacht master's certificate.’
- ‘I'd picked up that he was an expert sailor of dinghies and had twice won something called the Prince of Wales Cup.’
- ‘Teddy had always been a keen and intrepid sailor, and after retiring he went to live in St Mawes where he had first learned to sail as a boy.’
- 1.2A person who rarely (or often) becomes sick at sea in rough weather.
- ‘I'm not a good sailor and am bringing along a good supply of patches, dramamine, and ginger pills; sounds like they'll be essential since we'll embark from Ushuaia. Do you have any other suggestions for minimizing seasickness?’
- ‘Hamnavoe is a great ship, I'm not a good sailor, but I have never been sick on it yet even in rough weather, which was not the case with the Ola.’
Mid 17th century: variant of obsolete sailer.
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