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[boo sh-muh n] /ˈbʊʃ mən/
noun, plural bushmen.
a woodsman.
Australian. a pioneer; dweller in the bush.
(initial capital letter) San.
Origin of bushman
1775-85; bush1 + man1, modeled on Afrikaans boschjesman literally, man of the bush


[boo sh-muh n] /ˈbʊʃ mən/
Francis X(avier) 1883–1966, U.S. film actor. Unabridged
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  • A moment's reflection convinced Felix that the bushman had been in chase of a pheasant.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • Hal did not need any coaching in the manners or ways of a bushman.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • The following song is descriptive of the white man, and is the production of a bushman.

  • I'll keep young bushman with me, and my groom with our horses.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • It is this which puzzles the long-shoreman about the clerk, the Londoner about the bushman.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Even Bushmen, or at least natives with some bushman blood in them, are not wanting.

  • The bushman went to and fro continually to a 'chum' of his who lay hidden behind a rock close to us.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • Arend turned and looked in the direction the bushman was pointing.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The enemy succeeded in wounding a bushman, who fell beneath his dead horse, and was there pinned.

  • “You think a big sight too much of yourself,” rejoined the bushman.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for bushman


noun (pl) -men
(Austral & NZ) a person who lives or travels in the bush, esp one versed in bush lore


noun (pl) -man, -men
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
any language of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans boschjesman
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Word Origin and History for bushman



1785, from South African Dutch boschjesman, literally "man of the bush," from boschje, from Dutch bosje, diminutive of bosch, bos (see bush (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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