[boo sh-muh n]
- a woodsman.
- Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.
- (initial capital letter) San.
Origin of bushman
[boo sh-muh n]
- Francis X(avier),1883–1966, U.S. film actor.
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Examples from the Web for bushman
Hal did not need any coaching in the manners or ways of a bushman.Australia Revenged
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.
I'll keep young Bushman with me, and my groom with our horses.
Even Bushmen, or at least natives with some Bushman blood in them, are not wanting.Impressions of South Africa
- Australian and NZ a person who lives or travels in the bush, esp one versed in bush lore
- 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
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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