mountain man


: an American frontiersman (such as a trapper) at home in the wilderness

Examples of mountain man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two old mountain men looked each other in the eye. Alex Traub, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Bull died in 2014 at 89. 11 of 16 Victor French as Isaiah Edwards Victor French portrayed Isaiah Edwards in Little House on the Prairie, a mountain man who later settled in Walnut Grove. Melissa Girimonte, Peoplemag, 30 Mar. 2024 There’s also the elaborate animal-catching ingenuity of a mountain man (Wes Tank) who inspires him. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Among its first eternal residents was a mountain man who killed a grizzly bear and vice versa somewhere out in Malibu. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Originally, all three of the mountain men were huge. Clark Collis,, 30 May 2023 The last of the Wild West and its mountain men appear on our earliest covers, while midcentury issues were cheerful and relatable to most readers. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 28 June 2023 The eight Texas longhorns will be on display in the rodeo’s Frontier Fun Zone, which also includes re-creations of a Native American village, a pioneer camp, a mountain man trading camp, pony rides, a carnival, an autograph booth for rodeo contestants, and live music. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2022 In the form of a Prince Charming mountain man. Cassidy Randall, Longreads, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mountain man was in 1839

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“Mountain man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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