a) Clumsy and stupid; resembling a lubber (an inexperienced person).

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;

b) Lacking in seamanship; of or suitable to a landlubber who is new to being at sea and unfamiliar with the ways of a sailor.

"Do not use such a lubberly expression, my dear Rose, if you respect your fathers 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."

2. adverb
In the manner of a landlubber.

Im 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.

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  • Lubberly — Lub ber*ly, a. Like a lubber; clumsy. [1913 Webster] A great lubberly boy. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lubberly — Lub ber*ly, adv. Clumsily; awkwardly. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lubberly — 1570s, from LUBBER (Cf. lubber) (n.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lubberly — adjective 1. clumsy and unskilled a big stupid lubberly fellow • Similar to: ↑unskilled • Derivationally related forms: ↑lubber 2. inexperienced in seamanship of all landlubbers the most lubberly • …   Useful english dictionary

  • lubberly — lubberliness, n. /lub euhr lee/, adj. 1. of or resembling a lubber. adv. 2. in a lubberly manner. [1565 75; LUBBER + LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • lubberly — /ˈlʌbəli/ (say lubuhlee) adjective 1. like or of a lubber. –adverb 2. in a lubberly manner. –lubberliness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • lubberly — adjective or adverb see lubber …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lubberly — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. clumsy, rough, crude; see awkward 1 , rude 1 , 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • lubberly — adj. clumsy, awkward, stupid adv. in a clumsy manner, awkwardly, stupidly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lubberly — a. Clumsy, awkward, clownish, bungling …   New dictionary of synonyms

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