AskDefine | Define bush

Dictionary Definition

bush adj : not of the highest quality or sophistication [syn: bush-league]


1 a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches [syn: shrub]
2 a large wilderness area
3 dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes [syn: scrub, chaparral]
4 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946) [syn: George Bush, George W. Bush, George Walker Bush, President Bush, President George W. Bush, Dubyuh, Dubya]
5 United States electrical engineer who designed an early analogue computer and who led the scientific program of the United States during World War II (1890-1974) [syn: Vannevar Bush]
6 Vice President under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924) [syn: George Bush, George H.W. Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush]
7 hair growing in the pubic area [syn: pubic hair, crotch hair] v : provide with a bushing

User Contributed Dictionary

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  • /bʊʃ/
  • /bUS/
  • Rhymes: -ʊʃ

Etymology 1

From bysc woody plant via bushe woody plant, possibly conflated with cognates such as busk, busche firewood, and Medieval Anglo-Latin bosca firewood (from busca, in turn a loan from a West Germanic *busk bush, thicket)


  1. A horticultural rather than strictly botanical category of woody plant that is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height; usually less than 6m tall.

Etymology 2

From the sign of a bush usually employed to indicate such places


  1. : A tavern or wine merchant.

Etymology 3

From bosch, first appearing in the Dutch colonies as the word for an uncleared district of a colony, and thence in British colonies as bush.


  1. The countryside area of Australia that is neither arid nor remote enough to constitute the outback, and that can include areas of natural flora even within conurbations
  2. An area of New Zealand covered in forest, especially native forest.
  3. Amateurish behavior, short for "bush league behavior"
    The way that pitcher showed up the batter after the strikeout was bush.
  4. The remote areas of Canada, excluding the high arctic or other unforested places. The forested land. The upcountry.
Related terms
  • bushman (not derived from bush but in fact separately derived from Dutch)
See also
  • Swedish: bushen def. singular


1. The Australian use of the noun "bush", used attributively.
The bush vote; bush tucker; bush aristocracy
  1. defn English

Etymology 4

Extended from bush (Etymology 1); compare bushy. First occurrence is in 1745.


  1. The pubic hair, especially that of a woman.
pubic hair of a woman
vulva of a woman

Etymology 5


  1. A thick washer or hollow cylinder of metal (also bushing).
  2. A mechanical attachment, usually a metallic socket with a screw thread, such as the mechanism by which a camera is attached to a tripod.




bush m (pl., bushe)
  1. (arb.) box(wood).

Extensive Definition

Bush can refer to:


  • Shrub, a type of woody plant, smaller than a normal trees
  • Bushism, linguistic category
  • The Bush, a term used in several countries for rural, undeveloped land or country areas
  • Bushcraft, a popular term for wilderness survival skills
  • Bush (mechanical), a mechanical fixing designed to minimise wear between moving parts, or for providing a strengthened fixing point such as in the suspension of a car or other vehicle
  • Galagos, and known as bush babies, small nocturnal primate native to continental Africa



Members of the United States political Bush family

Other people


*Bush, Illinois

Brand names

Media and entertainment

  • Bush Mechanics, a 2001 television documentary featuring an Indigenous Australian take on motor mechanics
  • Bush (band), a popular rock band, named after the Shepherd's Bush district in London
  • Bush (Canadian band), a Canadian band active in the 1970s


bush in Arabic: بوش
bush in Catalan: Bush
bush in Czech: Bush (příjmení)
bush in German: Bush
bush in Spanish: Bush
bush in French: Bush
bush in Korean: 부시
bush in Italian: Bush
bush in Hebrew: בוש
bush in Dutch: Bush
bush in Japanese: ブッシュ
bush in Norwegian: Bush
bush in Polish: Bush
bush in Portuguese: Bush
bush in Russian: Буш
bush in Simple English: Bush
bush in Slovak: Bush
bush in Finnish: Bush
bush in Swedish: Bush
bush in Chinese: 布什

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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