One accustomed to defeat about or travel through bushes
- 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.
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).
bushwhackers [U.S. guerrillas]
(letter.) One accustomed to defeat about, or travel through, bushes.
- (n.) A guerrilla; a marauding assassin; one that pretends to-be a peaceful citizen, but privately harasses a hostile power or its sympathizers.