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See also: Landsman and landsmän


Alternative forms[edit]


From land +‎ -s- +‎ man. In meanings 3 and 4, influenced by Yiddish לאַנדסמאַן(landsman). Compare also German Landsmann, Norwegian landsmann. Doublet of lantzman.


landsman (plural landsmen)

  1. A person who does not go to sea, who lacks the skills of a sailor or who is uncomfortable on ships or boats.
    Antonym: seaman
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “Leg and Arm. The Pequod, of Nantucket, Meets the Samuel Enderby, of London.”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 486:
      So, deprived of one leg, and the strange ship of course being altogether unsupplied with the kindly invention, Ahab now found himself abjectly reduced to a clumsy landsman again; hopelessly eyeing the uncertain changeful height he could hardly hope to attain.
    • 1883, Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi:
      If the landsman should wish the gang-plank moved a foot farther forward, he would probably say: “James, or William, one of you push that plank forward, please”; but put the mate in his place, and he would roar out: “Here, now, start that gang-plank for'ard! Lively, now! What're you about!..."
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped
      When I returned again to life, the same uproar, the same confused and violent movements, shook and deafened me; and presently, to my other pains and distresses, there was added the sickness of an unused landsman on the sea.
  2. (oil and gas industry) A person who negotiates leases, contracts and other business deals between producers and landowners.
  3. A fellow Jew who comes from the same district or town, especially in Eastern Europe
  4. Someone of a similar heritage or belief system
  5. (obsolete, nautical) A military rank given to naval recruits

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From land +‎ -s- +‎ man.


landsman c (feminine: landsmaninna)

  1. a compatriot, a countryman


Declension of landsman 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative landsman landsmannen landsmän landsmännen
Genitive landsmans landsmannens landsmäns landsmännens