Meaning of BUSH in English


I. ˈbu̇sh noun

( -es )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English bush, busk, bosk; akin to Middle Dutch busch, bosch, bush, forest, Old High German busc, Old Swedish buske bush


a. : shrub ; especially : a low densely branched shrub suggesting a single plant

a blueberry bush

b. : a close thicket of shrubs

bushes suitable for a hedge

c. dialect England : thorn



(1) : common uncultivated usually undesirable bushes

a field overgrown with bush

(2) : the mixed plant growth typical of an uncleared or uncultivated area especially when other than grass or trees

part of the land once cultivated has been abandoned, to the sea, to flood waters, or to bush — W.A.Lewis

(3) : forest , woods , jungle

in the dense bush … creepers of many kinds and of every size, from huge cables to thin cords, loop from tree to tree, pushing up to the sunlight and knotting the undergrowth into impenetrable thickets — C.D.Forde

b. : a large uncleared or uncultivated area usually scrub-covered or heavily forested : wilderness

all this property … was bush where last year nothing thrived but zebra and impala, wildebeest and bad snakes — Basil Davidson

c. : a usually vast sparsely settled area : backcountry

bush doctor

bush flying

bush airline

— usually used with the when not attributive

in the lonely bush — Henry Lawson

boys from the bush — Esther Warner

specifically : any of certain vast and sparsely settled geographical areas especially in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and Canada



(1) archaic : a bunch or branch of ivy formerly hung outside a tavern to indicate wine for sale

(2) obsolete : tavern

b. : advertising — used especially with need

good wine needs no bush — Shakespeare

good essays need no bush — Yale Review

4. : something resembling or felt to resemble a bush

the ermine bush of feathers that formed the crest — W.H.St.John Hope

bushes of black smoke — Barrett McGurn

a bush of hair — Roger Senhouse

5. : sugar bush


[by shortening]

: bush league — usually used in plural

finally decided to ship him back to the bushes — Scholastic Coach

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

transitive verb

1. : to support (as a plant) with bushes

the birch he said I could have to bush my peas — Robert Frost

2. : to mark (as a route) with bushes

a logging road across the river was bushed where the ice was safe

3. : to protect (land or game) from net poachers by placing obstacles (as bushes) to prevent effective use of a net

intransitive verb

: to extend like a bush : have the appearance of a bush

his eyebrows bushed together

he looked about 30 but surprising gray hair bushed out of his fore-and-aft cap — Richard Llewellyn

- bush it

III. adjective

: having a low-growing compact bushy habit — used especially of cultivated beans

bush snap beans

IV. noun

( -es )

Etymology: Dutch bus bushing, box, from Middle Dutch busse box, from Late Latin buxis — more at box

1. : bushing

2. : a threaded socket flush with a surface of a camera or projector for attachment to a tripod

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

: to furnish with a bushing

VI. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: by shortening

: bushhammer

VII. ˈbu̇sh adjective

Etymology: bush (I) (minor league)

: falling below acceptable standards : unprofessional

the travesty was not that the speedway went the show-business route, but that the execution was so bush — J.S.Radosta

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