back-forty

back forty

noun
remote, usually uncultivated acreage on a large piece of land, as on a farm or ranch.
Also, back 40.


Origin:
apparently because forty acres was a typical size for such a piece of land

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To back-forty
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: back-formation
Next Definition: back-gammon
Words Near: back-forty
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for back-forty
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing back-forty
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature