noun (1), often attributive
\ˈbu̇sh \

Definition of bush 

(Entry 1 of 8)

1a : shrub especially : a low densely branched shrub

b : a close thicket of shrubs suggesting a single plant

2 : a large uncleared or sparsely settled area (as in Australia) usually scrub-covered or forested : wilderness usually used with the

3a archaic : a bunch of ivy formerly hung outside a tavern to indicate wine for sale

b obsolete : tavern

c : advertising good wine needs no bush— William Shakespeare

4 : a bushy tuft or mass a bush of hair especially : brush entry 2 sense 2a

5 : minor league usually used in plural spent ten years in the bushes


bushed; bushing; bushes

Definition of bush (Entry 2 of 8)

transitive verb

: to support, mark, or protect with bushes

intransitive verb

: to extend like a bush : resemble a bush


adjective (1)

Definition of bush (Entry 3 of 8)

1 : having a low-growing compact bushy habit used especially of cultivated beans bush snap beans

2 : serving, occurring in, or used in the bush bush planes


noun (2)

Definition of bush (Entry 4 of 8)

chiefly British


adjective (2)

Definition of bush (Entry 5 of 8)

: falling below acceptable standards : unprofessional bush behavior


biographical name (1)
\ˈbu̇sh \

Definition of Bush (Entry 6 of 8)

George (Herbert Walker) 1924–     American politician; 41st president of the U.S. (1989–93)


biographical name (2)

Definition of Bush (Entry 7 of 8)

George W(alker) 1946–     son of George H. W. Bush American politician; 43rd president of the U.S. (2001–09)


biographical name (3)

Definition of Bush (Entry 8 of 8)

Van*ne*var \və-ˈnē-vər \ 1890–1974 American electrical engineer

First Known Use of bush

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective (1)

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1566, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bush

Noun (1)

Middle English; akin to Old High German busc forest

Noun (2)

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

Adjective (2)

short for bush-league

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Kids Definition of bush

1 : a usually low shrub with many branches

2 : a stretch of uncleared or lightly settled country

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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