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[boo sh-ee] /ˈbʊʃ i/
adjective, bushier, bushiest.
resembling a bush; thick and shaggy:
bushy whiskers.
full of or overgrown with bushes.
Origin of bushy
First recorded in 1350-1400, bushy is from the Middle English word busshi. See bush1, -y1
Related forms
bushily, adverb Unabridged
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  • Old Dismukes was with them; burly, bushy, dingy, on a huge roan charger.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • He curved his bushy tail around to cover them, and at the same time he saw a vision.

    White Fang Jack London
  • A burly man with bushy whiskers was waiting for us at the door.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • But the little eyes beneath his bushy eyebrows were blue and shrewd.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • His whiskers were large, bushy, and meeting beneath his chin.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for bushy


adjective bushier, bushiest
covered or overgrown with bushes
thick and shaggy: bushy eyebrows
Derived Forms
bushily, adverb
bushiness, noun


noun (Austral, informal) (pl) bushies
a person who lives in the bush
an unsophisticated uncouth person
a member of a bush fire brigade
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Word Origin and History for bushy

late 14c., "overgrown with bushes," from bush (n.) + -y (2). Of hair, etc., from 1610s. Related: Bushiness.

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