- (often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
- any remote or isolated area.
- of or relating to the backwoods.
- unsophisticated; uncouth.
Origin of backwoods
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2. hinterland, provinces, wilds, woodland; sticks, boondocks, boonies, bush, backwater.
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Examples from the Web for backwood
Colony was divided from colony by many miles of forest and backwood.A Historical Geography of the British Colonies
Charles Prestwood Lucas
I could not spin as could my mother, who had passed her childhood in backwood life.Life on the Stage
But backwood hunters were bold fellows in those days, and Indians were by no means noted for reckless courage.Silver Lake
I loved the hearing of them, in the various dialects of the protagonists, from a lordly lisp to a backwood burr.Caught by the Turks
Thus ended the wedding of Isaac Younker—a fair specimen, by the way, of a backwood's wedding in the early settlement of the west.Ella Barnwell
- mainly US and 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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Word Origin and History for backwood
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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