[noun out-bak; adjective, adverb out-bak]Australian


(sometimes initial capital letter) the back country or remote settlements; the bush (usually preceded by the).


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


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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Related Words for outback

wilderness, country, bush, remote, rural

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Contemporary Examples of outback

Historical Examples of outback

  • I can imagine some stockman in the outback taking umbrage at a kangaroo asserting its equality.

British Dictionary definitions for outback



  1. the remote bush country of Australia
  2. (as modifier)outback life
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Word Origin and History for outback

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

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