• synonyms


[noun out-bak; adjective, adverb out-bak]Australian
See more synonyms for outback on Thesaurus.com
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) the back country or remote settlements; the bush (usually preceded by the).
Show More
  1. of, relating to, or located in the back country: outback settlements.
Show More
  1. in or to the back country: They moved outback many years ago.
Show More

Origin of outback

First recorded in 1875–80; out + back2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for out back

backcountry, outback, wilderness, jungle, wasteland, desert, forest, province, boondocks, frontier, isolation, woodland, hinterland, interior, timberland, bush, wild, waste, barrens

British Dictionary definitions for out back


    1. the remote bush country of Australia
    2. (as modifier)outback life
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for out back



"back-country, interior regions of Australia," 1907, Australian English, originally an adverb, "out in the back settlements" (1878), from out + back (adv.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with out back

out back

see under out front.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.