Definition of Bushman in English:


Syllabification: Bush·man
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝oSHmən

noun (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.
    [influenced by Dutch boschjesman]
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 2The language of the Bushmen. Now usually called San.
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    • 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.
  • 3 (bushman) A person who lives, works, or travels in the Australian bush.
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    • The last Australian bushman still patrolling the country's famous rabbit proof fence on horseback is about to hang up his spurs.
    • However he was a competent bushman and reliable bush worker, and Bryan also commented that he was an absolute marksman with a rifle.
    • Do you imagine Bill Davidson as the tall, rangy Australian bushman of legend?

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