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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
An Americanism dating back to 1700-10; backwoods + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "He insisted on taking a walk to-day," explained the backwoodsman.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • Every backwoodsman carries on all occasions, the means of furnishing his meat.

  • "All right, sir," responded the backwoodsman, not without curiosity.

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

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

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

    The Arena Various
  • None but a seaman or a backwoodsman could have accomplished the undertaking so rapidly, if at all.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • It must not be supposed that the life of a backwoodsman is all pleasure and excitement.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • But in the sort of backwoodsman he had been there was such stuff as renegades were made of.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
  • Be that how it will, the backwoodsman is not without some fineness to his nature.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
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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