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backwoodsman

[bak-woo dz-muh n] /ˈbækˈwʊdz mən/
noun, plural backwoodsmen.
1.
a person living in or coming from the backwoods, or a remote or unsettled area.
2.
a person of uncouth manners, rustic behavior or speech, etc.
3.
British. a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords.
Origin of backwoodsman
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; backwoods + -man
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Historical Examples
  • Mr. Howbridge got up from his chair and advanced to meet the backwoodsman with hospitable hand.

  • "He insisted on taking a walk to-day," explained the backwoodsman.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • It was the voice of Peter Day, the backwoodsman who had agreed to take care of Arbuckle during his illness.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • The mode of securing him was suggested by Stanfield, the backwoodsman: it was simple and safe.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • Every backwoodsman carries on all occasions, the means of furnishing his meat.

  • The central figures were Reuben (a backwoodsman), and Dorothy, his adopted daughter.

    The Arena Various
  • Thus, it will be seen that March Marston was quite a learned youth for a backwoodsman, besides being a hero and a “madman.”

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • He went about as a backwoodsman naturally does, without posturing or swagger.

    The Arena Various
  • The backwoodsman spat contemplatively, and rolled the question over in his mind.

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
  • But in the sort of backwoodsman he had been there was such stuff as renegades were made of.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for backwoodsman

backwoodsman

/ˈbækˌwʊdzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person from the backwoods
2.
(US, informal) an uncouth or rustic person
3.
(Brit, informal) a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords
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