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backwoods

[bak-woo dz] /ˈbækˈwʊdz/
noun
1.
(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
2.
any remote or isolated area.
adjective, Also, backwood, backwoodsy
3.
of or relating to the backwoods.
4.
unsophisticated; uncouth.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; back1 + woods
Synonyms
2. hinterland, provinces, wilds, woodland; sticks, boondocks, boonies, bush, backwater.
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British Dictionary definitions for backwood

backwoods

/ˈbækwʊdz/
plural noun
1.
(mainly 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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Word Origin and History for backwood
n.

1709, American English, from back (adj.) + wood (n.) "forested tract." Also backwoods. As an adjective, from 1784.

BACKWOODSMEN ... This word is commonly used as a term of reproach (and that, only in a familiar style,) to designate those people, who, being at a distance from the sea and entirely agricultural, are considered as either hostile or indifferent to the interests of the commercial states. [John Pickering, "A Vocabulary, or Collection of Words and Phrases Which Have Been Supposed to be Peculiar to the United States of America," Boston, 1816]

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