meaning of bushwhacker

bushwhacker meaning in General Dictionary

One accustomed to defeat about or travel through bushes

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  • a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person
  • a Confederate guerrilla during the American Civil War
  • One familiar with defeat about, or travel through,u000du000a bushes.
  • A guerrilla; a marauding assassin; one that pretends to be a peaceful resident, but secretly harasses a dangerous force or its sympathizers.

bushwhacker meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally bush-whacker, 1809, American English, literally "one which beats the shrubs" (in order to make his means through), perhaps modeled on Dutch bosch-wachter "forest keeper;" see bush (letter.) + whack (v.). In American Civil War, "irregular whom took to your woods" (1862), variously considered to be patriot guerillas or as freebooters. Ergo bushwhack (v.), 1837; bushwhacking (1826).


bushwhacker - German to English

bushwhackers [U.S. guerrillas]


bushwhacker meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) One accustomed to defeat about, or travel through, bushes.

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  • (n.) A guerrilla; a marauding assassin; one that pretends to-be a peaceful citizen, but privately harasses a hostile power or its sympathizers.