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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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  • The country, which had hitherto been bushy and rolling, now began to assume a somewhat different aspect.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • He curved his bushy tail around to cover them, and at the same time he saw a vision.

    White Fang Jack London
  • It is partially covered by a bushy whisker that meets over the chin and fringes all around the lips.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • A burly man with bushy whiskers was waiting for us at the door.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • The old man scratched his bushy gray head, and said he hadn't thought of that.

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
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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