- a cave dweller, especially of the Stone Age.
- a man who behaves in a rough, primitive manner, especially toward women.
Origin of cave man
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for cave man
Mr. Mix gave her a look which was a throwback to his cave-man ancestry.Rope
Every Cave-man admired the deep scar of the bravest man in the clan.
A Cave-man could wound an animal with a spear, but he could not give a deadly blow.
But no Cave-man was willing to lose one of his barbed spear points.
They watched the men; they heard them talk; they learned what a Cave-man had to do.