lubber

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. lobeor "swindler, parasite," with sense altered by association with LOB (Cf. lob) (n.) in the "bumpkin" sense. A sailors' word since 16c. (Cf. landlubber), but earliest attested use is of lazy monks (Cf. abbey-lubber). Cf. also lubberwort, the name of the mythical herb that produces laziness (1540s); and Lubberland "imaginary land of plenty without work" (1590s). Sometimes also Lubbard (1580s).
{{12}}lubber (v.) 1520s, from LUBBER (Cf. lubber) (n.). Related: Lubbered; lubbering.

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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 — /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'd — lubberd, lubber d obs. forms of lubbard …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lubber grasshopper — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's hole — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's line — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubber's mark — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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