One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1dialect, archaic A big, clumsy person.lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokelView synonyms
2short for landlubber
- ‘‘Maybe we can use the lubber to persuade Thor to help us,’ mused the gold ship.’
- ‘But it looks like I won't be terribly useful to you lubbers outside o’ bein’ a transport, since I'm so bulky!’
- ‘Lit'rally speaking, I am the ship you lubbers are standin’ on now.’
- ‘Did ye know that I could hear ye lubbers all the way from the surface?’
- ‘I (a lubber, admittedly) was impressed by the research they seemed to have done into naval maneuvering and combat.’
- ‘‘Stop being such a lubber about it,’ Tobias sighed but said nothing as Kennedy and the gunner, Gallagher entered the room.’
Late Middle English: perhaps via Old French lobeor ‘swindler, parasite’ from lober ‘deceive’.
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