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[bak-woo dz] /ˈbækˈwʊdz/
(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
any remote or isolated area.
adjective, Also, backwood, backwoodsy
of or relating to the backwoods.
unsophisticated; uncouth.
Origin of backwoods
An Americanism dating back to 1700-10; back1 + wood1 ( def 7 )
2. hinterland, provinces, wilds, woodland; sticks, boondocks, boonies, bush, backwater. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Were men not to have some compensation for the hardships of the backwoods?

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • They are known as “wild meadows,” and are of frequent occurrence in the backwoods.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • I suppose even these backwoods beggars have to eat once in a while, Clint?

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Her backwoods twang sharpened as she aped some contemporary witch.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We have just received word that the entire company will spend some months in the backwoods, getting pictures of winter scenes.

  • Can any of your readers "locate it," as we say in the backwoods of America?

  • My father started with the intention of going to the backwoods of Upper Canada.

  • The story of an ambitious, backwoods Ohio boy who rose to prominence.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for backwoods


plural noun
(mainly US & Canadian) partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
any remote sparsely populated place
(modifier) of, from, or like the backwoods
(modifier) uncouth; rustic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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