\ˈbu̇-shē \
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 \ adverb
bushiness \ˈbu̇-​shē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of bushy in a Sentence

an animal with a bushy tail

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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 Their quiet and hurried actions contrasted with the look of them: a team of burly men with bushy eyebrows and sagging jowls wearing loud orange vests, worn jeans, heavy black shoes and yellow hardhats. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018 His beard is full, his eyebrows are bushy, and his hair is wavy: dude never needed all that high-shine pomade to begin with. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Week in Excellent Celebrity Haircuts," 1 Apr. 2018 Thankfully, dedicated reporters took up the cause to get to the bottom of Trudeau's bushy brows. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Internet Thinks Justin Trudeau's Eyebrows Are Fake in These Photos," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of bushy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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 \
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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