Definition of caveman in US English:



  • 1A prehistoric man who lived in caves.

    • ‘We also have drawings in caves from the earliest cavemen showing various animal drawings in detail with unidentified flying objects above them.’
    • ‘In the comments he compares the pleasure he gets from working his will on a recalcitrant domestic appliance to the triumph a caveman felt when slaying a mastodon.’
    • ‘Blame your beer belly on your caveman ancestors.’
    • ‘His tools are as raw and primitive as a caveman's: extreme pace, muscle and not much else.’
    • ‘The key is to trigger the creatine ‘multiplier’ embedded in our DNA since our caveman past.’
    • ‘Stories of cavemen and other primitives were a popular genre at the time.’
    • ‘I don't think it's as simple as that, nor do I think the phenomenon is as modern as they seem to think (people have turned away from the pain of others since the cavemen first discovered fire, I suspect).’
    • ‘I guess we are still not far away from our caveman ancestors.’
    • ‘They point to newly discovered prehistoric cave drawings (in S.W. France, no less) which reveal cavemen & cavewomen to be sensitive artists.’
    • ‘This question reminds me of a cartoon of some cavemen pointing to another caveman and asking, ‘What's that guy done since he invented fire?’’
    • ‘I don't know how good they taste, but cavemen hunted mammoth, so I'm guessing much of an elephant is edible.’
    • ‘To illustrate the point, he told a story of a group of cavemen living in prehistoric times.’
    • ‘As we were talking, he joined in the loading of foliage onto the fire. There's something satisfyingly social about a fire. People are drawn to it as some primal gene kicks in taking us back to our caveman sensibilities.’
    • ‘The feeling is that cavemen used fire to keep themselves warm and smoked the food in the cave as they did it.’
    • ‘People have probably been turned on by this sort of thing since the first caveman saw the first cavewoman eat the first carbonated dinosaur.’
    • ‘In prehistoric times, when the first caveman consciously struck a musical note with a rock against metal, there was silence in the cave for a short time afterwards.’
    • ‘We must first realize, though, that there is a difference between the caveman lifestyle and our own.’
    • ‘I think of it as a bunch of cavemen sitting around inventing the wheel.’
    • ‘Do you think guys used to drag off their women by the hair back in the caveman days?’
    • ‘But that is the nature of the beast - Folk Art has been around since cavemen / women painted their cave.’
    cave dweller, troglodyte, primitive man, prehistoric man
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    1. 1.1 A man whose behavior is uncivilized or violent.
      as modifier ‘you can't change my mind by caveman tactics’
      • ‘They've got a kind of caveman machismo in many ways, where the idea of possessing the woman and her beauty is widespread.’
      • ‘I'd been just about to let him down gently when you came over with your caveman antics.’
      • ‘As for the caveman style headlines, I actually get a kick out of them sometimes.’
      • ‘That led to her declaration: ‘The cavemen have won!’’
      • ‘They aren't always attracted to the hypermasculinized, bushy-eyebrowed, wide-jawed caveman type, flush with testosterone.’
      • ‘Tom got into a drunken caveman style fight and started lunging at one of our new friends, Gregor.’
      • ‘However, I'd add that he's a caveman that embarrasses other cavemen.’
      • ‘It's difficult not to find the fact that I live in a province of cavemen depressing.’
      • ‘A jealous pimp removes the caveman stud from the picture by employing Ben as a drug mule.’
      • ‘They are gangs of obnoxious caveman throwbacks whose behaviour would put our Neolithic ancestors to shame, throwing empty cans of lager or, in some cases, vomiting.’
      • ‘Her husband John - whose surname she adopted on their ninth wedding anniversary, in celebration of her ‘surrender’ - sits in on the interview, but shows no signs of domineering caveman tendencies.’
      primitive, uncivilized, crude, brutal, savage
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