from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A name given by patriots and rebels to British soldiers during the American Revolution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A British soldier in the 1700's; -- so-called because of his red coat, esp. during the American Revolutionary War.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. British soldier; so-called because of his red coat (especially during the American Revolution)


lobster + back, from the resemblance to lobsters of the red coats worn by the British soldiers (Wiktionary)


  • Well, it was a while ago, but I seem to recall that Washington was very fond of bawdy humor, and wasn't above making "lobsterback" jokes--an early form of "clap humor" similar to Jon Stewart's.

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  • "Yonder lobsterback, " he said, affecting insouciance as he set down a box.

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  • There was precious little pity to spare for a lobsterback.


  • "Hard for a lobsterback to wash the flour from his hair.

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