[bak-woo dz-muh n]

noun, plural back·woods·men.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for backwoodsman

mountaineer, backwoodsman, frontiersman

Examples from the Web for backwoodsman

Historical Examples of backwoodsman

  • "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


British Dictionary definitions for backwoodsman


noun plural -men

a person from the backwoods
US informal an uncouth or rustic person
British informal a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords
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