also swab·by  (swŏb′ē)
n. pl. swab·bies Slang
A sailor.

[swab + -y.]
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n, pl -bies
slang US a seaman
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or swab•bie

(ˈswɒb i)

n., pl. -bies.
Slang. (in the Navy or Coast Guard) a seaman, esp. a new recruit.
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"Very bad, Swabby. You didn't even hit the target or frame." I turned.
Lasso a friend and decide who will be the stomper (jumping in the barrel and flattening the grapes and who will be the swabby (catching the juice below the barrel).
The gems were discovered in Havana, however, and the unfortunate swabby was executed just days before his mates sailed to their deaths.