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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Our caveman forebears chewed on mostly raw, tough meat and vegetables, strengthening their teeth and jaws. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 Painting in America, for example, had a slow start, emerging from more-or-less caveman style with the young but talented John Singleton Copley in the 1760s. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Silver Sailing Cups Recall Gilded Age Glamour and Sexuality," 29 June 2019 The research suggests that the cavemen migrated eastwards from Europe to Siberia and indicated that their ancestors might be an as-yet-undiscovered group. Fox News, "Some of oldest Neanderthal bones have been DNA tested showing more than 70 differences," 26 June 2019 Were there cavemen scraping the hair off their faces with rocks? Luke O'neil, Esquire, "Your Beard Is Saying a Lot More Than You Think," 20 Jan. 2016 Took me too long to realize this, but an expandable and non-rubber hose is so much better than the primitive rubber caveman hose. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 Hockey fights are the 21st century representation of caveman mentality. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is baseball such a boring game the Rockies and Cubs have to start a rock fight to prove their manhood?," 12 June 2019 The painstaking labor behind Early Man Aardman’s latest outing, Early Man, is an underdog sports story set in prehistoric times, based on the (not so historically accurate) idea that cavemen invented soccer. Time, "How the Studio Behind Early Man Is Keeping It Old-School in a Digital World," 14 Feb. 2018 In a sly side story, three animals that have been observing the cavemen recognize the vehicular potential of the new shapes and put them to use. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Travails and Triumphs of Derring-Do," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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