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lubber +‎ -ly


lubberly (comparative more lubberly, superlative most lubberly)

  1. Clumsy and stupid; resembling a lubber (an inexperienced person).
    • Shakespeare
      a great lubberly boy
    • 1693, Thomas Urquhart, translation of Gargantua by Rabelais, Chapter XX:
      Ponocrates and Eudemon burst out in a laughing so heartily, that they had almost split with it, and given up the ghost, in rendering their souls to God: even just as Crassus did, seeing a lubberly ass eat thistles;
  2. Lacking in seamanship; of or suitable to a landlubber who is new to being at sea and unfamiliar with the ways of a sailor.
    • 1848, James Fenimore Cooper, "Captain Spike, Or The Islets of the Gulf", in Bentley's Miscellany [1], page 19:
      "Do not use such a lubberly expression, my dear Rose, if you respect your father's profession. On a vessel is a new-fangled Americanism, that is neither fish, flesh, nor red-herring, as we sailors say,— neither English nor Greek."


lubberly (comparative more lubberly, superlative most lubberly)

  1. In the manner of a landlubber.
    • 1839, Matthew Henry Barker, Hamilton King [2], page 105:
      I'm not ignorant of these matters, having been many years at sea—and seamen, you must know, are curious in knots; I cannot endure to see anything done lubberly.