Swabber
Swabber Swab"ber, n. [D. zwabber; cf.D. zwabberen to swab, G. schwabbern, Dan. svabre, Sw. svab a swab, svabla to swab.] 1. One who swabs a floor or desk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) Formerly, an interior officer on board of British ships of war, whose business it was to see that the ship was kept clean. [1913 Webster]

3. Same as {Swobber}, 2. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Swabber — Swab ber, v. t. To swab. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swabber — [swäbər] n. [< or akin to 16th c. Du zwabber < zwabben, to do dirty work, splash, akin to Ger schwappen < IE base * swep , to throw, pour out > L supare, to throw around] 1. a person who uses a swab 2. a device for swabbing …   English World dictionary

  • swabber —    In A Dictionary of Sailors’ Slang, Wilfred Granville lists ‘swab’ as ‘a term of opprobrium for a useless seaman’. He adds the explanation ‘because he is as wet as one’, i.e. as wet as the mop which is used by a swabber to clean the decks. It… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • swabber — Swobber Swob ber, n. 1. See {Swabber}. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Four privileged cards, formerly used in betting at the game of whist. [Written also {swabber}.] Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swabber — noun Etymology: akin to Low German swabber mop, Middle English swabben to sway Date: 1592 1. one that swabs 2. swab 2a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swabber — /swob euhr/, n. 1. a person who uses a swab. 2. Slang. swab (def. 6). 3. a swab; mop. [1585 95; < D zwabber; cf. MLG swabben to splash in water or filth] * * * …   Universalium

  • swabber — n. one who uses a swab; one who mops a floor; mop; …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swabber — swab·ber …   English syllables

  • swabber — swab•ber [[t]ˈswɒb ər[/t]] n. 1) a person who uses a swab 2) sts Slang. swab 6) 3) a swab; mop • Etymology: 1585–95; < D zwabber; cf. MLG swabben to splash in water or filth …   From formal English to slang

  • swabber — bə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: probably from Middle English swab to sway + er 1. : one that swabs: as a. : a worker who swabs dope onto tanned hides …   Useful english dictionary

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