Definition of pre-man in English:

pre-man

noun

  • A hominid or manlike creature that lived before the appearance of true human beings; an evolutionary precursor of human beings.

adjective

  • Living or occurring before the appearance of mankind.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Science. From pre- + man. With use as adjective compare earlier prehuman.

Pronunciation

pre-man

/ˈpriːman/