Definition of landsman in English:



  • 1A person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He simply pointed it out to the two landsmen and flew down to join them.’
    • ‘There were two types of men on board ship: seamen, further broken down between ordinary and able, and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And Nerida had the landsmen beat the shields and armour to make boats.’
    • ‘Some time later, usually April or May of the same year, beaters are taken during the landsmen's hunt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amid the many pressed landsmen in Victory's crew of 800 such experience made him valuable.’
    • ‘He was no seaman, yet those vessels looked too flimsy to his landsman's eye.’
    • ‘Sailors wore the same loose-fitting shirt of light white linen worn by landsmen with a modest tuff at collar and wrists.’
    • ‘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 glanced over at Cyril as he spoke, glad to see that the landsman was still standing straighter than usual.’
    • ‘On page 381 he writes of the French putting to sea with full crews; in fact, the crews consisted largely of untrained landsmen.’
  • 2A fellow countryman.

    • ‘For American Jews, like other American ethnics, success is often portrayed as coming at the expense of an attenuation of ethnic identity, a loosening of ties to landsmen, culture, and religion.’
    • ‘The mass of the urban poor can only exist by ‘income pooling, sharing housing, food and other resources' either with kin or landsmen.’
    • ‘So, as a favor to my landsman Fleischer, I'd like to suggest these titles.’
    • ‘The criteria for distribution and settlement tended to be based on the availability of unskilled jobs, proximity to landsmen, and the decision of the sending agent as to which port in the United States the immigrant should be sent.’
    • ‘We have observed how badly the democratic process has served the landsmen and prefer to operate as free agents.’
    • ‘Pete's young landsman, Abrams, emerges from the pre-Civil War gang world, to Civil War battle.’
    • ‘For a long time I didn't know whether he was Jewish or Italian and only when he handed me his card and I realized that his name was David Cohen did I know I had a landsman in the house.’