[ boo sh-hwak-er, -wak-er ]
/ ˈbʊʃˌʰwæk ər, -ˌwæk ər /


a person or thing that bushwhacks.
(in the American Civil War) a guerrilla, especially a Confederate.
any guerrilla or outlaw.
Australian Slang. an unsophisticated person; hick.

Origin of bushwhacker

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; bush1 + whacker

OTHER WORDS FROM bushwhacker

bush·whack·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bushwhacker

/ (ˈbʊʃˌwækə) /


US, Canadian and Australian a person who travels around or lives in thinly populated woodlands
Australian informal an unsophisticated person; boor
a Confederate guerrilla during the American Civil War
US any guerrilla
NZ a person who works in the bush, esp at timber felling
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