One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of the navy, typically one who is of low rank.
- ‘‘I wanted to know what it feels like to sail a tall ship,’ one volunteer swabbie told The Wall Street Journal.’
- ‘He made an immediate impact: Besides teaching self-defense to his fellow swabbies, his likeness was used on posters for war bonds and his photo was hung at Naval Headquarters in Washington, DC.’
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