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[ bak-woodz ]


  1. (often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
  2. any remote or isolated area.

    Synonyms: backwater, bush, boonies, boondocks, woodland, wild, hinterland


  1. of or relating to the backwoods.
  2. unsophisticated; uncouth.


/ ˈbækwʊdz /

plural noun

  1. partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
  2. any remote sparsely populated place
  3. modifier of, from, or like the backwoods
  4. modifier uncouth; rustic

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Word History and Origins

Origin of backwoods1

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; back 1 + woods 1 (in the sense “a forest”)

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Example Sentences

Burtch was the 40th person claimed by covid-19 in sparsely populated Montmorency County, in the backwoods of northern Michigan.

This byway’s two distinct branches—the Coastal Trail and the Forest Trail—wind through unexpected, wild, backwoods versions of Florida.

Attempts to smuggle the self-styled backwoods boy into the professional class were unsuccessful.

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On trips to backwoods cabins and huts, I’ve appreciated the modesty the Rothe’s unusually long cut provides.

Trudging off to the right, threading his way past bear traps on the ground, he comes upon a house — just what you’d expect in a backwoods horror flick.

He spends his days shacked up in a 400-square-foot converted turkey coop in the backwoods of Maine.

He suspected that the driver, who was identified as Cody Alan Legebokoff, was poaching in the backwoods.

So, beneath all the changes that had come to her backwoods lover, Sammy felt that Ollie himself was unchanged.

To the simple girl of the backwoods, he succeeded in making the life in the city appear very wonderful, indeed.

If he is wise, he will stay in the backwoods to be worshipped for he'll find that his size won't count for much in the world.

Even in comparatively civilized American backwoods, a person who has killed a bully has been thought a public benefactor.

Prestige is nowhere held at higher premium than in the backwoods.


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