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Lubber

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Lúbber. n.s. [of this word the best derivation seems to be from lubbed, said by Junius to signify in Danish fat.] A sturdy drone; an idle, fat bulky losel; a booby.

For tempest and showers deceiveth a many,
And ling'ring lubbers loose many a penie.
Tusser's Husb.

These chase the smaller shoals of fish from the main sea into the havens, leaping up and down, puffing like a fat lubber out of breath. Carew's Survey of Cornwall.

They clap the lubber Ajax on the shoulder,
As if his feet were on brave Hector's breast,
And great Troy shrinking.
Shakesp. Troil. and Cressida.

A notable lubber thou reportest him to be. Shakesp.

Tell how the drudging goblin sweat;
His shadowy flail hath thresh'd the corn,
That ten day labourers could not end;
Then lies him down the lubber fend.
Milton.

Venetians do not more uncouthly ride,
Than did your lubber state mankind bestride.
Dryden.

How can you name that superannuated lubber? Congreve.

Sources: Carew, Thomas (36) · Congreve, William (7) · Dryden, John (788) · Junius, Francis (23) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36) · Tusser, Thomas (25) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Lubber." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 5, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1005.


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