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[bak-woo dz-muh n] /ˈbækˈwʊdz mən/
noun, plural backwoodsmen.
a person living in or coming from the backwoods, or a remote or unsettled area.
a person of uncouth manners, rustic behavior or speech, etc.
British. a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords.
Origin of backwoodsman
1700-10, Americanism; backwoods + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Howbridge got up from his chair and advanced to meet the backwoodsman with hospitable hand.

  • The mode of securing him was suggested by Stanfield, the backwoodsman: it was simple and safe.

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

    The Arena Various
  • Every backwoodsman carries on all occasions, the means of furnishing his meat.

  • He went about as a backwoodsman naturally does, without posturing or swagger.

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

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • 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


noun (pl) -men
a person from the backwoods
(US, informal) an uncouth or rustic person
(Brit, informal) a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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