(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
any remote or isolated area.
adjective Also, backwood, backwoodsy.
of or pertaining to the backwoods.
unsophisticated; uncouth.

1700–10, Americanism; back1 + woods

2. hinterland, provinces, wilds, woodland; sticks, boondocks, boonies, bush, backwater. Unabridged
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backwoods (ˈbækwʊdz)
pl n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
2.  any remote sparsely populated place
3.  (modifier) of, from, or like the backwoods
4.  (modifier) uncouth; rustic

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Example sentences
Backwoods immediately begat backwoodsman and was itself turned into a common
He spun wild tales of his supposed poverty and backwoods ways, once claiming to
  have resorted to eating roadkill to survive.
Then reports started to come in from poor backwoods areas showing that
  consumers there were buying luxury goods.
They drove him to a deserted corner of the backwoods and, after a struggle,
  chained him to the truck by his ankles.
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