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[boo sh-ee]
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adjective, bush·i·er, bush·i·est.
  1. resembling a bush; thick and shaggy: bushy whiskers.
  2. full of or overgrown with bushes.
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Origin of bushy

First recorded in 1350–1400, bushy is from the Middle English word busshi. See bush1, -y1
Related formsbush·i·ly, adverb
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  • Old Dismukes was with them; burly, bushy, dingy, on a huge roan charger.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He curved his bushy tail around to cover them, and at the same time he saw a vision.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • A burly man with bushy whiskers was waiting for us at the door.

  • But the little eyes beneath his bushy eyebrows were blue and shrewd.

  • His whiskers were large, bushy, and meeting beneath his chin.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for bushy


adjective bushier or bushiest
  1. covered or overgrown with bushes
  2. thick and shaggybushy eyebrows
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Derived Formsbushily, adverbbushiness, noun



noun plural bushies Australian informal
  1. a person who lives in the bush
  2. an unsophisticated uncouth person
  3. a member of a bush fire brigade
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Word Origin and History for bushy


late 14c., "overgrown with bushes," from bush (n.) + -y (2). Of hair, etc., from 1610s. Related: Bushiness.

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