[ boosh-muhn ]
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noun,plural bush·men.
  1. a woodsman.

  2. Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.

  1. (initial capital letter) San.

Origin of bushman

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

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Other definitions for Bushman (2 of 2)

[ boosh-muhn ]

  1. Francis X(avier), 1883–1966, U.S. film actor.

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How to use bushman in a sentence

  • Grass and dead leaves were still tinder to a spark, and a bushman knows when he must respect that state of things.

  • Low as may be the standard of a bushman's intellect, there is a species peculiar to him in which he appears to excel.

  • They still heard the bushman's voice, and to their dismay beyond it the screams of little Jan.

  • A bow, essentially similar to that which he employs in the chase, affords the bushman a simple stringed instrument.

  • The bushman must here be excluded from consideration, since, as we shall see, he was clearly affected by external influences.

British Dictionary definitions for bushman (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbʊʃmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. 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)


/ (ˈbʊʃmən) /

nounplural -man or -men
  1. 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

  2. any language of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family

Origin of Bushman

C18: from Afrikaans boschjesman

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