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bushman

[ boo sh-muh n ]
/ ˈbʊʃ mən /
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noun, plural bush·men.

a woodsman.
Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.
(initial capital letter) San.

RELATED WORDS

primitive, aboriginal, native, autochthon, indigene

Nearby words

bushing, bushire, bushism, bushland, bushline, bushman, bushman's singlet, bushmaster, bushmeat, bushmen, bushnell

Origin of bushman

1775–85; bush1 + man1, modeled on Afrikaans boschjesman literally, man of the bush

Definition for bushman (2 of 2)

Bushman

[ boo sh-muh n ]
/ ˈbʊʃ mən /

noun

Francis X(avier),1883–1966, U.S. film actor.
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British Dictionary definitions for bushman (1 of 2)

bushman

/ (ˈbʊʃmən) /

noun plural -men

Australian and NZ a person who lives or travels in the bush, esp one versed in bush lore

British Dictionary definitions for bushman (2 of 2)

Bushman

/ (ˈbʊʃmən) /

noun plural -man or -men

a member of a hunting and gathering people of southern Africa, esp the Kalahari region, typically having leathery yellowish skin, short stature, and prominent buttocks
any language of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family

Word Origin for Bushman

C18: from Afrikaans boschjesman
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Word Origin and History for bushman

Bushman


n.

1785, from South African Dutch boschjesman, literally "man of the bush," from boschje, from Dutch bosje, diminutive of bosch, bos (see bush (n.)).

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