[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.

Nearby words

  1. out-tray,
  2. outact,
  3. outage,
  4. outargue,
  5. outasight,
  6. outbalance,
  7. outbid,
  8. outbluff,
  9. outboard,
  10. outboard motor

Origin of outback

First recorded in 1875–80; out + back2

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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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