sailor

sailorlike, adj.sailorly, adj.
/say"leuhr/, n.
1. a person whose occupation is sailing or navigation; mariner.
2. a seaman below the rank of officer.
3. a naval enlistee.
4. a person adept at sailing, esp. with reference to freedom from seasickness: He was such a bad sailor that he always traveled to Europe by plane.
5. a flat-brimmed straw hat with a low, flat crown.
[1540-50; earlier sailer; see SAIL, -OR2]
Syn. 1. seafarer. SAILOR, MARINER, SALT, SEAMAN, TAR are terms for a person who leads a seafaring life. A SAILOR or SEAMAN is one whose occupation is on board a ship at sea, esp. a member of a ship's crew below the rank of petty officer: a sailor before the mast; an able-bodied seaman. MARINER is a term now found only in certain technical expressions: master mariner (captain in merchant service); mariner's compass (ordinary compass as used on ships); formerly used much as "sailor" or "seafaring man," now the word seems elevated or quaint: Rime of the Ancient Mariner. SALT and TAR are informal terms for old and experienced sailors: an old salt; a jolly tar.
Ant. 1. landlubber.

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