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upcountry

[adjective, noun uhp-kuhn-tree; adverb uhp-kuhn-tree] /adjective, noun ˈʌpˌkʌn tri; adverb ʌpˈkʌn tri/
adjective, Chiefly Southern U.S.
1.
of, relating to, residing in, or situated in the interior of a region or country; inland.
2.
Disparaging. unsophisticated.
noun
3.
the interior of a region or country.
adverb
4.
toward, into, or in the interior of a country:
The explorers trekked upcountry.
Origin of upcountry
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90; up- + country
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Examples from the Web for upcountry
Historical Examples
  • The dwellings of Europeans upcountry in India are not luxurious—far from it.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • When a truckle-bed with a sick man (some invalid agent from upcountry) was put in there, he exhibited a gentle annoyance.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • As soon as Aunt Nancy heard of the trouble, she made her appearance in the upcountry again.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • He was a slave-merchant on the quiet, an' would ha' sold me upcountry if I hadn't got away.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • But, doubtless due to upcountry rains, now it was in flood and had undercut its banks.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for upcountry

upcountry

/ʌpˈkʌntrɪ/
adjective
1.
of or coming from the interior of a country or region
2.
(derogatory) lacking the sophistication associated with city-dwellers; countrified
noun
3.
the interior part of a region or country
adverb
4.
towards, in, or into the interior part of a country or region
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