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[boo sh-ee] /ˈbʊʃ i/
adjective, bushier, bushiest.
resembling a bush; thick and shaggy:
bushy whiskers.
full of or overgrown with bushes.
Origin of bushy
1350-1400; Middle English busshi. See bush1, -y1
Related forms
bushily, adverb Unabridged
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  • Blooms in shades of lavender, red, or pink on bushy plants in summer.
  • Pinching stops the stem from elongating and encourages bushy growth.
  • Lateral buds grow along the sides of a shoot and give rise to the sideways growth that makes a plant bushy.
  • Some place the known human fossils into numerous genera and species, creating a bushy tree.
  • The fisher is a furry, brown, bushy-tailed member of the weasel family.
  • Brash and blunt with a cleft chin and a bushy mustache, he projects a gruff, old-fashioned avuncularity.
  • Only the eyebrows, which are remarkably dark and bushy, jar slightly with the general effect of an intensely boyish face.
  • Brotherhood preachers are pragmatic and have less bushy beards.
  • But the beating of the jovial bushy-bearded artist has outraged many.
  • He's gregarious and energetic with a bushy mustache and an easy southern twang.
British Dictionary definitions for bushy


adjective bushier, bushiest
covered or overgrown with bushes
thick and shaggy: bushy eyebrows
Derived Forms
bushily, adverb
bushiness, noun


noun (Austral, informal) (pl) bushies
a person who lives in the bush
an unsophisticated uncouth person
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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