[ noun out-bak; adjective, adverb out-bak ]
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  1. (sometimes initial capital letter)Usually the outback . the back country or remote settlements; the bush.

  1. of, relating to, or located in the back country: outback settlements.

  1. in or to the back country: They moved outback many years ago.

Origin of outback

First recorded in 1875–80; out + back2

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How to use outback in a sentence

  • He was not a Veronese, but came from that mysterious region known as "out back," meaning the remote country.

    Narcissa, or the Road to Rome | Laura E. Richards
  • Lets go 308 into the living-room and sing, or go out back and play tag, or something.

    Winona of the Camp Fire | Margaret Widdemer
  • Sam thinks he can fix it with some of that lumber piled out back of the old smoke-house.

    Ralestone Luck | Andre Norton
  • I keep him tied out back of the house by a string about two rods long, so that he can walk around.

  • Barellan, and Out Back, were having a tussle behind the leading pair.

    The Sweep Winner | Nat Gould

British Dictionary definitions for outback


/ (ˈaʊtˌbæk) /

    • the remote bush country of Australia

    • (as modifier): outback life

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Other Idioms and Phrases with outback


see under out front.

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