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Origin of bush

1
before 1000; Middle English busshe, Old English busc (in place-names); cognate with Dutch bos wood, German Busch, Old Norse buskr bush
Related formsbush·less, adjectivebush·like, adjective

Definition for bush (2 of 4)

bush

2
[ boo sh ]
/ bʊʃ /

noun

a lining of metal or the like set into an orifice to guard against wearing by friction, erosion, etc.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a bush; line with metal.

Origin of bush

2
1560–70; < Middle Dutch bussche; see box1

Definition for bush (3 of 4)

Bush

[ boo sh ]
/ bʊʃ /

noun

BarbaraBarbara Pierce, born 1925, U.S. First Lady 1989–93 (wife of George H. W. Bush).
George (Herbert Walker),born 1924, U.S. politician: vice president 1981–89; 41st president of the U.S. 1989–93.
his sonGeorge W(alker)Dubya, born 1946, U.S. businessman and politician: governor of Texas 1994–2001; 43rd president of the U.S. 2001–09.
Van·ne·var [vuh-nee-vahr, -ver] /vəˈni vɑr, -vər/, 1890–1974, U.S. electrical engineer: education and research administrator.

Definition for bush (4 of 4)

bush.


bushel; bushels.
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British Dictionary definitions for bush (1 of 3)

bush

1
/ (bʊʃ) /

noun

adjective

verb

Word Origin for bush

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse buski, Old High German busc, Middle Dutch bosch; related to Old French bosc wood, Italian bosco

British Dictionary definitions for bush (2 of 3)

bush

2
/ (bʊʃ) /

noun

Also called (esp US and Canadian): bushing a thin metal sleeve or tubular lining serving as a bearing or guide

verb

to fit a bush to (a casing, bearing, etc)

Word Origin for bush

C15: from Middle Dutch busse box, bush; related to German Büchse tin, Swedish hjulbōssa wheel-box, Late Latin buxis box 1

British Dictionary definitions for bush (3 of 3)

Bush

/ (bʊʃ) /

noun

George . born 1924, US Republican politician; vice president of the US (1981–89): 41st president of the US (1989–93)
his son, George W (alker). born 1946, US Republican politician; 43rd president of the US (2001–09)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bush

bush


n.

"many-stemmed woody plant," Old English bysc, from West Germanic *busk "bush, thicket" (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German busc, Dutch bosch, bos, German Busch). Influenced by or combined with cognate words from Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse buskr, Danish busk, but this might be from West Germanic) and Old French (busche "firewood," apparently of Frankish origin), and also perhaps Anglo-Latin bosca "firewood," from Medieval Latin busca (whence Italian bosco, Spanish bosque, French bois), which apparently also was borrowed from West Germanic; cf. Boise.

In British American colonies, applied from 1650s to the uncleared districts, hence "country," as opposed to town (1780); probably originally from Dutch bosch in the same sense, because it seems to appear first in English in former Dutch colonies. Meaning "pubic hair" (especially of a woman) is from 1745. To beat the bushes (mid-15c.) is a way to rouse birds so that they fly into the net which others are holding, which originally was the same thing as beating around the bush (see beat (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bush

bush


see beat around the bush; beat the bushes for; bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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