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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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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First Known Use of caveman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Dec 2019

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“Caveman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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