- (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 backwoods
He spends his days shacked up in a 400-square-foot converted turkey coop in the backwoods of Maine.Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz on the Doc ‘Burt’s Buzz,’ and Losing Millions
September 11, 2013
He suspected that the driver, who was identified as Cody Alan Legebokoff, was poaching in the backwoods.A Teen Serial Killer in Canada?
October 23, 2011
The rifle and the ax are the symbols of the backwoods pioneer.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
I'm not afraid of you or the rest of your backwoods friends.In a Little Town
For her backwoods advantages she was considered well educated.
Of course, there were no regular schools in the backwoods then.
I shall go to no backwoods, in the middle of winter, and freeze.The Moving Picture Girls Snowbound
Laura Lee Hope
- 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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