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

  • n. A prehistoric or primitive human living in caves.
  • n. Informal A man who is crude or brutal, especially toward women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early human or closely related species, popularly held to reside in caves.
  • n. A brutish or savage person.
  • n. A man with old fashioned or backward opinions, particularly with regard to women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cave-dweller, 1.

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

  • n. someone who lives in a cave


From cave +‎ man, based on the supposition that early humans dwelt in caves. (Wiktionary)



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