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[bak-woo dz] /ˈbækˈwʊdz/
(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
any remote or isolated area.
adjective, Also, backwood, backwoodsy
of or relating to the backwoods.
unsophisticated; uncouth.
Origin of backwoods
1700-10, Americanism; back1 + woods
2. hinterland, provinces, wilds, woodland; sticks, boondocks, boonies, bush, backwater. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for backwoods
  • backwoods immediately begat backwoodsman and was itself turned into a common adjective.
  • 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.
  • The property features a rustic, backwoods country look, with maple paneling and mounted moose heads in the billiards room.
  • They drove him to a deserted corner of the backwoods and, after a struggle, chained him to the truck by his ankles.
  • Johnny kills the agent in this backwoods crime drama.
  • He fancied himself as a bit polished, a cosmopolite who happened to be stranded in a backwoods village.
  • Soon, the backwoods agrarian character changed to an early industrial base.
  • The backwoods trails are maintained but may be blocked by fallen trees or debris washed in during floods.
  • Many have been forgotten except by backwoods people.
British Dictionary definitions for backwoods


plural noun
(mainly US & Canadian) partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
any remote sparsely populated place
(modifier) of, from, or like the backwoods
(modifier) uncouth; rustic
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