[boo sh-muh n]

noun, plural bush·men.

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

Origin of bushman

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


[boo sh-muh n]


Francis X(avier),1883–1966, U.S. film actor.
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Examples from the Web for bushman

Historical Examples of bushman

  • Hal did not need any coaching in the manners or ways of a bushman.

  • The Bushman gave a puzzled glance, first at one sister and then at the other.

    The Doctor's Family

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

  • "I'll tell you what I'm going to do," I said to Bushman when we got in our tent.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • I'll keep young Bushman with me, and my groom with our horses.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • Even Bushmen, or at least natives with some Bushman blood in them, are not wanting.

British Dictionary definitions for bushman


noun plural -men

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


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



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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