[ adjective, noun uhp-kuhn-tree; adverb uhp-kuhn-tree ]
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adjectiveChiefly Southern U.S.
  1. of, relating to, residing in, or situated in the interior of a region or country; inland.

  2. Disparaging. unsophisticated.

  1. the interior of a region or country.

  1. toward, into, or in the interior of a country: The explorers trekked upcountry.

Origin of upcountry

First recorded in 1680–90; up- + country

Words Nearby upcountry

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How to use upcountry in a sentence

  • They are a cross breed from the original upcountry dog and the Persian greyhound.

  • I spent many jolly weeks in the island, staying with friends upcountry.

    The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
  • When a truckle-bed with a sick man (some invalid agent from upcountry) was put in there, he exhibited a gentle annoyance.

    Heart of Darkness | Joseph Conrad
  • Not long afterwards the two ladies were left alone for some days as Mr. C. was obliged to go upcountry on business.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers | Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • As soon as Aunt Nancy heard of the trouble, she made her appearance in the upcountry again.

    Stories Of Georgia | Joel Chandler Harris

British Dictionary definitions for upcountry


/ (ʌpˈkʌntrɪ) /

  1. of or coming from the interior of a country or region

  2. derogatory lacking the sophistication associated with city-dwellers; countrified

  1. the interior part of a region or country

  1. towards, in, or into the interior part of a country or region

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