[ bak-bloks ]

noun(used with a plural verb)Australian.
  1. the outback: They live in the backblocks.

Origin of backblocks

First recorded in 1870–75; back1 + block + -s3

Words Nearby backblocks Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use backblocks in a sentence

  • In this article the paper spoke of backblocks bushmen under the generic soubriquet of Billjim.

  • They come down from the backblocks with perhaps a hundred pounds to spend on a week of blissful unconsciousness.

    Captivity | M. Leonora Eyles
  • You'll be jolly glad to get rid of me and be off with the uncle into the backblocks.

    Captivity | M. Leonora Eyles

British Dictionary definitions for backblocks


/ (ˈbækˌblɒks) /

pl n
  1. Australian and NZ bush or remote farming area far distant from city amenities

Derived forms of backblocks

  • backblock, adjective
  • backblocker, noun

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