\ ˈbu̇-shē How to pronounce bushy (audio) \
bushier; bushiest

Definition of bushy

1 : full of or overgrown with bushes
2 : resembling a bush especially : being thick and spreading

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Other Words from bushy

bushily \ ˈbu̇-​shə-​lē How to pronounce bushy (audio) \ adverb
bushiness \ ˈbu̇-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce bushy (audio) \ noun

Examples of bushy in a Sentence

an animal with a bushy tail
Recent Examples on the Web Known for bushy hair an an ever-present towel draped over a shoulder during rehearsals, Levine greatly expanded the Met’s repertory and was especially praised for his performances of Wagner, Verdi and Berg. NBC News, "James Levine, who ruled over Met Opera, dead at age 77," 17 Mar. 2021 Cave is sporting a bushy, graying spring training beard that Baldelli said teammates and others think makes Cave look older. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Twins gather for first full-squad workout of training camp, but not too closely," 23 Feb. 2021 Even when sitting in his wheelchair, Ira Edwards of Anchorage looms large, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound man with a riot of bushy brown hair circling his face and a size XXL zeal for life and community. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The pandemic robbed Ira Edwards of his annual ‘I’m Glad I’m Alive’ party, but it can’t slow him down," 6 Dec. 2020 There is a bushy little spruce about a couple hundred yards out, kinda by itself, but not really, in some willows. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s a sad day when people need an A.I. collar to tell them when their dog is happy (or needs to go pee)," 16 Jan. 2021 He has been awarded a New York Times Fellowship and a 2012 Whiting Writers Prize. and brawny company with bushy beards, an unshorn, shaggy set. courant.com, "The poetry of Ciaran Berry: Encouraging humanity and living beyond oneself," 27 Dec. 2020 As the scientist in question, Clooney, who will turn 60 in May, is barely recognizable behind a bushy white beard; his face is sunken and his body wizened. Washington Post, "It’s been a bleak year, so our gift to you is George Clooney’s thoughts on movies, murder hornets and mince pie," 23 Dec. 2020 Over 110 million years ago, says Monash University paleontologist Patricia Rich, this area was a temperate rainforest carpeted with ferns and bushy-looking conifers called podocarps. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Thrived in the Snow," 3 Dec. 2020 Rows of big and bushy plants, their long limbs heavy with flowers, dot the landscape. oregonlive, "Oregon’s hemp boom bets big on CBD," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of bushy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bushy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushy. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bushy

: very thick and full
of a plant : having a lot of branches and leaves


\ ˈbu̇-shē How to pronounce bushy (audio) \
bushier; bushiest

Kids Definition of bushy

1 : being thick and spreading a bushy beard a bushy tail
2 : overgrown with bushes a bushy yard

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