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[boo sh-reyn-jer] /ˈbʊʃˌreɪn dʒər/
a person who lives in the bush or woods.
  1. a person who lives by robbing travelers and isolated homesteads in the bush.
  2. a person who drives a hard, and sometimes dishonest, bargain.
Origin of bushranger
First recorded in 1810-20; bush1 + ranger
Related forms
bushranging, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The other bushranger had disappeared through the other door.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The bushranger looked over his shoulder with a bitter smile.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The bushranger Stingaree has been traced to Government House.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The man might have been a bushranger, but he did not appear to be at all afraid of us.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
  • The bushranger made a good deal of exciting history in Australia.

  • Many books have been written on this tradition, glorifying the bushranger.

  • The next morning, however, the bushranger's plans were openly divulged.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson
  • The bushranger yelled for help and tried to stop his horse, but failed to do so.

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
  • "A price is set on my head," the bushranger answered with a grim smile.

  • "That will do," returned the inspector, dryly, after the bushranger had finished.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures

    William H. Thomes
British Dictionary definitions for bushranger


(Austral, history) an escaped convict or robber living in the bush
(US) a person who lives away from civilization; backwoodsman
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