If you've never set foot on any kind of boat, you're a landlubber, someone who's either brand new to sailing or is totally unfamiliar with it.

The word landlubber comes from the obsolete lubber, which isn't a funny way to say "lover," but a term that evolved from meaning "clumsy oaf" to "inexperienced seaman." Back in the 15th century, lubber was also used as a verb, to mean "sail badly." These days, a new, inexperienced crew member on a schooner might be called a landlubber. If your brother gets queasy on a short ferry ride, feel free to call him a landlubber too.

Definitions of landlubber
  1. noun
    an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
    synonyms: landsman, lubber
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    type of:
    beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
    someone new to a field or activity
  2. noun
    a person who lives and works on land
    synonyms: landman, landsman
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    type of:
    denizen, dweller, habitant, indweller, inhabitant
    a person who inhabits a particular place
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