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submariner (plural submariners)

  1. A member of the crew of a submarine.
  2. (US, baseball) A pitcher that throws with an underhand motion.
    Jones was a submariner and could often confuse a batter with his unorthodox delivery.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is generally pronounced like sub- + mariner (for example, in the U.K. Royal Navy); however, since the prefix sub- can arguably imply inferiority (as in subpar or subhuman), this pronunciation can be considered offensive by some, especially in the U.S. Navy. The pronunciation submarine + -er, but with stress on third syllable, is therefore thought to be preferred by many or most U.S. submarine crew members today.