jack-tar
noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1781 sailor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Jack Tar — was a common English term used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire. Both members of the public, and seafarers themselves, made use of the name in identifying those who went to sea …   Wikipedia

  • Jack tar — noun (also without cap) a sailor • • • Main Entry: ↑jack * * * Jack Tar or jack tar, a sailor: »a jolly warmhearted Jack Tar (Charles Lamb). ╂[< jack1 + …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jack tar — Jack Jack (j[a^]k), n. [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. ?, Heb. Ya aq[=o]b Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. {Jacobite}, {Jockey}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John. [1913 Webster] You… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jack-tar — jack′ tar′ or Jack′ Tar′ n. navig. a sailor • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • jack-tar — [jak′tär′] n. [ JACK + TAR2] [often J ] a sailor …   English World dictionary

  • jack-tar — /jak tahr /, n. a sailor. Also, Jack Tar. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • Jack Tar — /dʒæk ˈta/ (say jak tah) noun British a sailor. Also, jack tar …   Australian English dictionary

  • Jack Tar — Cockney Rhyming Slang Bar (pub) I m off to the Jack. See also Alone and Bar (pub). Could be very confusing if you re going alone I m off to the jack jack . Or, if you were telling your brother Jack, I m off to the jack jack, Jack …   English dialects glossary

  • jack-tar — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person engaged in sailing or working on a ship: jack (uppercase), mariner, navigator, sailor, sea dog, seafarer, seaman. Informal: salt, tar. Slang: gob3. See SEA …   English dictionary for students

  • Jack-tar — noun a man who serves as a sailor • Syn: ↑mariner, ↑seaman, ↑tar, ↑Jack, ↑old salt, ↑seafarer, ↑gob, ↑sea dog • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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