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

First recorded in 1875–80; out + back2
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  • 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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