\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from bushy

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

Examples of bushy in a Sentence

an animal with a bushy tail

Recent Examples on the Web

Thanks to the likes of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, full, bushy eyebrows have been enjoying their time in the spotlight over the past few years. Glamour, "15 Common Eyebrow Mistakes You’re Probably Making," 19 Mar. 2019 Pinch plants frequently to encourage bushy growth, and pick off flower heads regularly so plants put their energy into foliage production. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Basil for Your Best Pesto Yet," 20 Aug. 2018 New parents are going to think their baby is gorgeous, even if the child arrives with Uncle Charlie's bushy eyebrows. Kimberly Fusaro, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman," 13 Jan. 2014 Elliott, 73, known for his bushy mustache as well as for his cowboy, biker, and military characters, currently stars in the Netflix series, The Ranch. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross Are One of Hollywood's Most Enduring Couples," 4 Oct. 2018 Li Qinggong, who had dark hair and bushy eyebrows, spoke rapidly and loudly. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 Her dad has bushy eyebrows, too, so lucky, lucky, lucky! Ronan Mckenzie, Allure, "18 Celebrity Mothers, Daughters, and Sons Talk About Beauty — And What It Means to Live a Good Life," 18 July 2018 For starters, kids with Hunter Syndrome have a very distinct look: broad nose, round cheeks, thick lips and tongue, and bushy eyebrows. Emily Lieber, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Disease Handed My Sweet Baby Boy a Death Sentence — But I’m Fighting Like Hell to Save Him," 13 July 2018 Nook was born in 1998, a little boy with bushy eyebrows. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "A Teen’s Death in Baltimore and a Family’s Search for Answers," 9 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bushy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bushy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bushy

Statistics for bushy

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bushy

The first known use of bushy was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bushy



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bushy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bushy

Spanish Central: Translation of bushy

Nglish: Translation of bushy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bushy for Arabic Speakers

Comments on bushy

What made you want to look up bushy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a tendency to relapse

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!