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cave man

a cave dweller, especially of the Stone Age.
a man who behaves in a rough, primitive manner, especially toward women.
Origin of cave man
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He could not hit back, so he closed in, and then it was cavewoman and caveman.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox
  • I became as the caveman, who by brute force would win his mate.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • The caveman first had this feeling for his mate, then for his family.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • On the contrary, the hostile environment of the caveman has been destroyed.

  • It may implicate that old harridan of a nurse or her caveman husband.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for caveman


noun (pl) -men
a man of the Palaeolithic age; cave dweller
(informal, facetious) a man who is primitive or brutal in behaviour, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for caveman



  1. A strong, crude man, esp one who is sexually rough and masterful; macho (1900s+)
  2. A strong hitter or slugger (1920s+ Prizefight)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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