- a person holding very antiquated notions; reactionary.
- a person living in the backwoods; rustic.
Origin of mossback
Examples from the Web for mossback
There is the "old" farmer, there is the "new" farmer, and there is the "mossback."
The mossback cannot win, because he prefers a flintlock to a Mauser.
The mossback was wide awake now, and he muttered something about "another of those pesky porkies."Forest Neighbors|William Davenport Hulbert
Fig. 239 shows a mossback's house or cabin in the lake lands of Canada.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties|D.C. Beard
I also have sympathy for the mossback particularly because he is the man that needs attention.
noun US and Canadian
"conservative," 1874, especially of poor whites from Carolina, originally (1872) in reference to those who hid out to avoid service in the Confederate army (and would have stayed out till the moss grew on their backs); from moss + back (n.).