bush·​rang·​er ˈbu̇sh-ˌrān-jər How to pronounce bushranger (audio)
Australia : an outlaw living in the bush
bushranging noun

Examples of bushranger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And none more, maybe, than for Ned Kelly, the Australian bushranger whose body-armored exploits have made him a muse since the dawn of cinema. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 24 Apr. 2020 Ned gets his shot at revenge against O’Neil in a scene that plays like an unnerving castration fantasy, egged on by Harry Power (a superb Russell Crowe), the famous bushranger who takes the boy under wing. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 The drama follows the ne'er-do-well's boyhood as an accomplice to a criminal bushranger (Russell Crowe), Ned's contempt for the law when his mother (Essie Davis) is unfairly imprisoned, and his anarchic days as an adult running a rebellious gang. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2020 The world's first feature film, called The Story of the Kelly Gang, is an hour-plus romp about a band of outlaw Australian bushrangers. Simon Van Zuylen Wood, Wired, 21 Jan. 2020 But the fateful Glenrowan showdown with an incoming trainload of cops doesn't go as planned, as anyone familiar with the bushranger's legend will know. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bushranger was in 1801

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“Bushranger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushranger. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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