[ bak-woodz ]
/ ˈbækˈwʊdz /


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

adjective Also back·wood, back·woods·y.

of or relating to the backwoods.
unsophisticated; uncouth.

Origin of backwoods

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; back1 + wood1(def 7) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for backwoods


/ (ˈbækwʊdz) /

pl n

mainly US and Canadian partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
any remote sparsely populated place
(modifier) of, from, or like the backwoods
(modifier) uncouth; rustic
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