mountain man

noun

Definition of 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 Think of him as the Serpico of the Sierra, a little snarly and gruff and frayed around the edges — a ponytailed ex-surfer turned mountain man. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "‘Bear whisperer’ of California keeps critters alive," 16 Feb. 2020 Prizes also are given for the best mountain man outfit. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020 Leading a group of about two dozen men, including the scout and mountain man Kit Carson, John and his party crossed the Continental Divide through South Pass, a key gap in the Rocky Mountains located in present-day Wyoming. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Imperfect Union’ Review: Mr. & Mrs. Pathfinder," 17 Jan. 2020 Davis eventually chose 43 pieces of writing, including adventure stories complete with colorful sketches of mountain men, houndsmen and campfire storytellers — the stuff, indeed, of an active boy’s dreams. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Biographer wants readers to rediscover ‘Mr. Texas,’ J. Frank Dobie," 17 Oct. 2019 The Volunteers came within a mountain man’s whisker of making Alabama really break a sweat this season, and Tennessee put South Carolina out of its misery last week. Joseph Goodman, al, "What’s scarier than Auburn’s offense? A Rocky Top Horror Picture Show," 31 Oct. 2019 Heroine Gerda begins her odyssey with help from mountain man Kai to liberate their kingdom from eternal winter. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 Wolf’s other group is the Texas Free Trappers, which recreates the colorful era of the mountain men rendezvous of 1825-40. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Black powder passion: Modern mountain man breathes life into history," 11 July 2019 Annual events include the Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest, named after mountain man and prospector Thomas L. Smith, where storytellers are invited spin tales about Smith or lost gold. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Borrego Springs: Low-key oasis with small-town vibe, set in the Anza-Borrego Desert," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of mountain man

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Mountain man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mountain%20man. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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