Meaning of swabbie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈswɒbi/

nounplural noun swabbies

(also swabby)
nautical slang US
  • A member of the navy, typically one who is of low rank.

    ‘He made an immediate impact: Besides teaching self-defense to his fellow swabbies, his likeness was used on posters for war bonds and his photo was hung at Naval Headquarters in Washington, DC.’
    • ‘‘I wanted to know what it feels like to sail a tall ship,’ one volunteer swabbie told The Wall Street Journal.’