noun Etymology: Middle English lobre, lobur Date: 14th century 1. a big clumsy fellow 2. a clumsy seaman • lubberliness nounlubberly adjective or adverb

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  • Lubber — Lub ber, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown. [1913 Webster] Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. [1913 Webster] {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by sailors to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lubber — [lub′ər] n. [ME lobre < lobbe : see LOB] 1. a big, slow, clumsy person 2. an inexperienced, clumsy sailor; landlubber adj. big and clumsy lubberliness n. lubberly adj., adv …   English World dictionary

  • lubber — {{11}}lubber (n.) mid 14c., big, clumsy, stupid fellow who lives in idleness, from lobre, earlier lobi lazy lout, probably of Scandinavian origin (Cf. Swed. dialectal lubber a plump, lazy fellow ). But OED suggests a possible connection with O.Fr …   Etymology dictionary

  • lubber — /lub euhr/, n. 1. a big, clumsy, stupid person; lout. 2. an awkward or unskilled sailor; landlubber. adj. 3. clumsy; stupid; lubberly. v.i. 4. to behave like a lubber, esp. in the handling of a boat. [1325 75; ME lobre. See LOB1, ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Lubber — See Abbey lubber …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • lubber — n. a big clumsy fellow; a lout. Phrases and idioms: lubber line Naut. a line marked on a compass, showing the ship s forward direction. Derivatives: lubberlike adj. lubberly adj. & adv. Etymology: ME, perh. f. OF lobeor swindler, parasite f.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lubber — noun a) a clumsy or lazy person b) an inexperienced or novice sailor; a landlubber …   Wiktionary

  • lubber — Synonyms and related words: blockhead, blunderer, blunderhead, boor, botcher, bumbler, bumpkin, bungler, clock watcher, clod, clodhopper, clodknocker, clot, clown, dallier, dawdle, dawdler, diddler, dillydallier, do nothing, dolittle, dolt,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lubber — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. rustic, clod, fool, loafer; see boor , peasant …   English dictionary for students

  • lubber — lub·ber || lÊŒbÉ™(r) n. clumsy and stupid person, awkward person; inexperienced sailor, landlubber (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary

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