Definition of bushwhacker in US English:



  • 1North American NZ Australian A person who clears woods and bush country.

    1. 1.1 A person who lives or travels in bush country.
      • ‘For bushwhackers or skiers who want extra stability, Alpina offers the BC Outbound.’
      • ‘Bushman - used from the 1820s - was a term of honour, connoting mastery of a harsh environment; but bushy and bushwhacker - which gained currency late in the century - suggested awkwardness and rustic innocence.’
      • ‘In the creek you're at least clearing the route for future highpointers, while the private bushwhackers won't follow exactly the same trail.’
      • ‘Alpinists and skiers (or bushwhackers, for that matter) need flexible packs that move with the body, which means a minimal frame - just a pair of stays, really.’
      • ‘If the enemy was this barbarian from the backwoods, well and good! It would be foolish to take offence at this old bushwhacker.’
      • ‘Because of this, the track's opening was celebrated in style - bushwhacker style, that is!’
      • ‘The Cedar Surf is about surf shacks, back roads, bushwhackers, hitchhikers and squatters in the rainforest isolation in and around Tofino, Ucluelet and Jordan River, where surfing beaches are crowded with sea lions, not people.’
  • 2US A guerrilla fighter (originally in the American Civil War).

    • ‘James, with the help of newspaper editors such as John Edwards, was cast in a political role, as Confederate guerilla, a bushwhacker, enemy of Grant and the corrupt Union.’
    • ‘Federals arrested only six of the bushwhackers identified in the 1860 census in a county other than the one where he resided.’
    • ‘More important has been the second traditional source - the collected, cataloged, and often published accounts of the Union soldiers whom bushwhackers targeted and tormented.’
    • ‘During the war, he learned the guerrilla tactics of the bushwhackers, jayhawkers and other insurgency groups who tried, by any means, to halt the progress of Union forces.’
    • ‘His group of bushwhackers attracted budding criminals from across the South.’