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caveman

/ˈkeɪvˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a man of the Palaeolithic age; cave dweller
2.
(informal, facetious) a man who is primitive or brutal in behaviour, etc
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  • The caveman, with whom we began this story, lived close to nature, taking his sense of time from her as he took all else.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • I became as the caveman, who by brute force would win his mate.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • The farm boy who saw it, gave a little yelp of savage triumph; his caveman nature broke out.

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The caveman first had this feeling for his mate, then for his family.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • "A caveman could not slay Sadu thus," he declared, pushing a bare toe gingerly against the dead beast's back.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
Slang definitions & phrases for caveman

caveman

noun

  1. A strong, crude man, esp one who is sexually rough and masterful; macho (1900s+)
  2. A strong hitter or slugger (1920s+ Prizefight)
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