Definition of Bushman in US English:

Bushman

nounPlural bushmen, Plural Bushmen

  • 1A member of any of several aboriginal peoples of southern Africa, especially of the Kalahari Desert. They are traditionally nomadic hunter-gatherers.

    Also called San
    • ‘Other safari highlights included watching a lion strut across the plains, meeting nomadic Bushmen on the fringes of the Serengeti, and seeing Ngorongoro Crater, which is considered one of the eight wonders of the world.’
    • ‘Sesana and Gakelebone, along with two Bushmen from South Africa and other supporters accompanying them, plan to meet with Congressional leaders and visit the UN next month.’
    • ‘For those from the desert - Bedouins to Bushmen - 100-degree heat is hardly noteworthy.’
    • ‘Further south in Botswana, the famous Bushmen of the Kalahari desert are being moved out of the reserve where they have ranged free for centuries.’
    • ‘The fashion of renaming the Bushmen of Southwestern Africa as the ‘San’ exemplifies many of the problems with the name game.’
    • ‘Once the Europeans expanded into South Africa, the Bushmen were squeezed from both sides: the foreigners from the Cape and the Bantu peoples from the south and east.’
    • ‘The Bushmen's desert home was turned into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the 1960s, specifically for them.’
    • ‘These hunters were the original inhabitants of Namibia, having arrived some 2000 years ago; however, due to farm fences and national borders, the Bushmen's nomadic traditions are all but gone.’
    • ‘Lesotho was originally inhabited by the Bushmen who roamed southern Africa, as evidenced by the Bushmen drawings and paintings in the river gorges.’
    • ‘Tribal people like the Aborigines, Amerindians and Bushmen are the heirs to all the richness and diversity of the natural world.’
    • ‘I found the article because I was looking up something on the KhoiSan… the Bushmen of the Kalahari.’
    • ‘The Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari revere the praying mantis as a divine messenger.’
    • ‘Omaheke is traditionally Herero, Tswana and Bushmen country, but most of the land is used by big cattle farms.’
    • ‘They are desperate to return to their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where Bushmen lived for thousands of years.’
    • ‘Ben also called for support for the struggle of the country's Bushmen, presently facing extermination in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.’
    • ‘The area is believed to have been inhabited originally by ethnic groups using a click-tongue language similar to that of Southern Africa's Bushmen.’
    • ‘The stories I've shot are as diverse as the Hawaiian Extinction Crisis to the fate of southern Africa's Bushmen.’
    • ‘On a more sober note, in several cultures, particularly some Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, and African Bushmen, among others, the first joint, or sometimes the entire finger, is amputated, as a sign of mourning.’
  • 2The language of the Bushmen.

    Now usually called San
    • ‘These people all came from the Burgersdorp and Colesberg regions and variations of one similar-sounding 'Bushman' language.’
    • ‘Professional translators whose native language is Bushman perform our English to Bushman translation.’
    • ‘Only professional translators whose native language is Vasekela bushman perform our English to Vasekela bushman translation.’
  • 3bushmanA person who lives, works, or travels in the Australian bush.

    • ‘But just when they've resigned themselves to spending the night in their stranded car, an eccentric bushman pulls up in his monster truck and offers to tow them to the deserted mining field he calls home.’
    • ‘Henry was to become another of the legends and, while he had a bushman's and a stockman's skills, it was as a champion football player that he bedazzled all who were privileged to see him play.’
    • ‘When Chitty arrived in Melbourne to train with St Kilda he was a superbly fit young bushman from Cudgewa, at the foot of Mt Kosciuszko, where he ran 15 km a night checking 120 rabbit traps.’
    • ‘No, the well-loved Australian bushman movie character is not about to jump into another adventure in space.’
    • ‘He still had a bushman's hardness, but was just about worn out from decades of demanding bush work.’
    • ‘Randal Stafford, who had returned to his homestead on the 15th, was a well-educated resilient bushman who had experienced over 40 years of frontier life.’
    • ‘There she met Joe McDuff, salt-of-the-earth bushman, who won Bettina's heart after rescuing her from her lonely bush camp.’
    • ‘However he was a competent bushman and reliable bush worker, and Bryan also commented that he was an absolute marksman with a rifle.’
    • ‘Then Mr Frost transformed from a rather frail-looking elderly man into an agile bushman.’
    • ‘The deaths occurred following the murder of a white bushman, Fred Brooks, on August 7, 1928.’
    • ‘The last Australian bushman still patrolling the country's famous rabbit proof fence on horseback is about to hang up his spurs.’
    • ‘Do you imagine Bill Davidson as the tall, rangy Australian bushman of legend?’
    • ‘R.M.Williams, the bushman whose name has become an international brand, has just turned 95.’
    • ‘Searching for explanations, they fell back on the archetype of the Australian bushman.’
    • ‘But Dan MacKinnon, of Westport, 25 years a bushman, is equally certain.’
    • ‘More than a thousand people have attended the State funeral of the bushman and bootmaker RM Williams in Queensland this afternoon.’
    • ‘By the 1860s he had become an experienced bushman and travelled widely around Cooper's Creek and the Darling River.’
    • ‘Mr Carless described his father as a typical bushman with a unique character, a determined nature and brimming with old-fashioned charm.’
    • ‘He was undoubtedly a good bushman, and a good rifleman.’
    • ‘He is an accomplished painter, chef, raconteur and bushman.’

Pronunciation

Bushman

/ˈbo͝oSHmən//ˈbʊʃmən/