What does "Scrimshanker" mean?

Today it means: Shirker, sciver, work shy, avoid responsibilities.

A scrimshanker is a sailor who practices the art of scrimshaw or making ornamental objects out of whale bone or walrus teeth. Sailors would often enjoy doing this instead of carrying out their duties and so it became a term for someone shirking and not doing their job.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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