cave man


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of caveman

Historical Examples of caveman

  • He could not hit back, so he closed in, and then it was cavewoman and caveman.

  • I became as the caveman, who by brute force would win his mate.

    Fibble, D. D.

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • The caveman first had this feeling for his mate, then for his family.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • On the contrary, the hostile environment of the caveman has been destroyed.

  • It may implicate that old harridan of a nurse or her caveman husband.

British Dictionary definitions for caveman


noun plural -men

a man of the Palaeolithic age; cave dweller
informal, facetious a man who is primitive or brutal in behaviour, etc
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