cave·​man | \ ˈkāv-ˌman How to pronounce caveman (audio) \

Definition of caveman

1 : a cave dweller especially of the Stone Age
2 : a man who acts in a rough or crude manner

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Synonyms for caveman


Neanderthal, troglodyte

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Examples of caveman in a Sentence

married a caveman who spends all his free time swigging beer and watching sports on TV

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Soon, the snooty, French-accented Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) is banishing the cavemen to the Badlands. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Delightful ‘Early Man’ mixes cavemen, soccer," 15 Feb. 2018 Paleo Known as the caveman diet, this eating plan sticks to basics like lean meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and nuts (and cuts out the fun stuff: sugar, booze, potatoes, and dairy). The Editors, Marie Claire, "Every Type of Diet, Explained," 19 June 2017 From the creators of 'Chicken Run' comes this new claymation film that follows a tribe of cavemen in the Stone Ages who are forced to defend their home from a Bronze Age army. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Eddie Redmayne will take film flight again with 'Theory of Everything' star Felicity Jones," 15 Feb. 2018 Where are all the cavemen, ancient Egyptians, Romans and Native Americans who appeared so often as spirit guides for pre-scientific mediums? Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic," 28 June 2018 Neanderthals went extinct about 40,000 years ago, but thanks to cutting-edge science, there is now a lab in California that has petri dishes filled with pea-sized versions of the cavemen's brains. Laura Geggel /, NBC News, "Why tiny Neanderthal brains are now growing in petri dishes," 27 June 2018 Even the Associated Industries of Massachusetts — which at times can feel like the cavemen of business groups — is paying attention. Shirley Leung,, "Let’s make the ‘manel’ — the all-too-common all-male panel — extinct," 17 May 2018 Beauty Mark App Works of art Scientists have determined some of the world's oldest neolithic cave art was actually done by cavewomen, not cavemen as previously assumed. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Morning Headlines: Kathy Bates Gets Totally Candid, How You Can Help Military Brides — and More," 10 Oct. 2013 Over the door is a cartoon caveman pulling a woman by her hair. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Critics say local bar's controversial name promotes sexual assault," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of caveman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of caveman

: a person who lived in a cave in ancient times
informal : a man who acts in a very rude and aggressive way


cave·​man | \ ˈkāv-ˌman How to pronounce caveman (audio) \
plural cavemen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of caveman

: a person living in a cave especially during the Stone Age

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