landlubber

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Silver

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

I'd like to know about the word "landlubber" and according to two dictionaries, it means:

an
unseasoned sailor or someone unfamiliar with the sea. (Dictionary.reference)

informal a person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing. (WR)

I am wondering if I can call someone who doesn't know how to swim a "landlubber"?

Thanks a lot
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I connect landlubber with sailing, not with swimming -- so I wouldn't use it for someone who doesn't know how to swim. Non-swimmer would be possible, if you need a label.
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Considering that historically, many of the most seasoned sailors in the past did not know how to swim, I would never associate "landlubber" (a rather old-fashioned word) with the inability to swim.
     
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