[ bak-woodz-muhn ]
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noun,plural back·woods·men.
  1. a person living in or coming from the backwoods, or a remote or unsettled area.

  2. a person of uncouth manners, rustic behavior or speech, etc.

  1. British. a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords.

Origin of backwoodsman

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; backwoods + -man

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

How to use backwoodsman in a sentence

  • Your true backwoodsman carefully hides every sign of his love for either family or friends.

    The Shepherd of the Hills | Harold Bell Wright
  • The backwoodsman, as he drank, held a tight grip on the rope.

    The Watchers of the Trails | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Thus commanded, and the man at the stern paddle being supreme in a canoe, the backwoodsman obeyed with a curse.

    The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • They could drive a bargain and could discover loopholes in a contract in a fashion to take the average backwoodsman off his feet.

    The Old Northwest | Frederic Austin Ogg
  • Swift as that spring was, that of the alert backwoodsman was just swift enough to elude it—in part.

    Kings in Exile | Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for backwoodsman


/ (ˈbækˌwʊdzmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a person from the backwoods

  2. US informal an uncouth or rustic person

  1. British informal a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords

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