cave·​man ˈkāv-ˌman How to pronounce caveman (audio)
: a cave dweller especially of the Stone Age
: a man who acts in a rough or crude manner

Examples of caveman in a Sentence

married a caveman who spends all his free time swigging beer and watching sports on TV
Recent Examples on the Web The caveman with the biggest club will generally win. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 July 2023 Your caveman boyfriend grunts to alert the rest of your tribe to this incredible discovery. Lana Schwartz, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2023 This find, supported by the cave’s array of distinctly Neanderthal stone tools, identifies Neanderthals as the cave art creators and adds to growing evidence that our closest relatives were more complex than their dim caveman stereotype might suggest. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2023 But while the musical lacks the show’s spontaneity, its antics are sillier; audiences will witness everything from cake-baking cavemen to boxing scones. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2023 To fail to pick up a rock, when the other caveman picked up a rock, did not forestall the arms race. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 26 July 2023 The Takeaway Subterranean warfare has probably existed since the caveman days. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2023 In the Impossible Foods spot, a man who is grilling food walks audiences through meat's past via song, starting with a caveman eyeing a mammoth. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 9 June 2023 To avoid her self-esteem issues brought up by technology, Rexha travels back in time to the 1960s, 1800s, the caveman era and the dawn of creation Freaky Friday-style for the music video, which features special appearances by Charli D'Amelio, Nikita Dragun and more. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 26 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caveman was in 1865

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“Caveman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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cave·​man ˈkāv-ˌman How to pronounce caveman (audio)
: a person living in a cave especially during the Stone Age
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