Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Extremely tired; exhausted: "I once stayed awake seven years on end. Not even a nap. Boy, was I bushed” ( Martin Amis).

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  • adj. Very tired; exhausted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. very tired from exertion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lost in the bush.
  • Hence Bewildered; at a loss; ‘lost’; all at sea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very tired

Etymologies

Possibly from Australian slang, lost in the bush.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But they soon realised that they were "bushed" -- a term familiar enough to those who are acquainted with the story of Australian inland exploration.

    Terre Napoleón; a History of French Explorations and Projects in Australia

  • We were "bushed" -- had no idea which way to turn.

    The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon

  • There was a time when I would have projected onto Rose motives of institutional fear that made him pretend like he was auditioning for Fox News, but I'm wondering if he was just plain too "bushed" to perform -- even when handed the hottest interviewee of the day.

    Archive 2005-05-15

  • Bob, and not to have done it after all -- only to die "bushed"!

    Queensland Cousins

  • But the only result of their labours was that they nearly got "bushed" themselves, and at last the fall of night made the absurdity of further search clear to them.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • He went hunting cattle, and got himself "bushed," or marooned -- that is, lost -- and had a narrow escape from dying in the woods.

    On the Spanish Main Or, Some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien.

  • The safe ways were "bushed" by a benevolent Government, and night and day the gay tinkle of the sleigh-bells sounded on it.

    Anne's House of Dreams

  • The hum was like the far singing of a child-choir, and the dreamings it started then were altogether too big for the memory mechanism of a little boy's head; but the vastness and wonder of those dreamings left a kind of bushed beauty far back in his mind.

    Fate Knocks at the Door A Novel

  • And the sinking scattered feeling of the "bushed" clutched at her again.

    Saint's Progress

  • Shane said, "Remember the time I 'bushed' you over in Dunlap's meadow?"

    A Daughter of the Middle Border

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  • I believe this has recently also been used as a synonym for stupid for some reason (seriously).

    January 30, 2008