[adjective, noun uhp-kuhn-tree; adverb uhp-kuhn-tree]

adjective Chiefly Southern U.S.

of, relating to, residing in, or situated in the interior of a region or country; inland.
Disparaging. unsophisticated.


the interior of a region or country.


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

Origin of upcountry

First recorded in 1680–90; up- + country
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Examples from the Web for upcountry

Historical Examples of upcountry

  • The dwellings of Europeans upcountry in India are not luxurious—far from it.

    The Elephant God

    Gordon Casserly

  • 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

  • As soon as Aunt Nancy heard of the trouble, she made her appearance in the upcountry again.

    Stories Of Georgia

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • He was a slave-merchant on the quiet, an' would ha' sold me upcountry if I hadn't got away.

  • But, doubtless due to upcountry rains, now it was in flood and had undercut its banks.

    The Lost Wagon

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

British Dictionary definitions for upcountry



of or coming from the interior of a country or region
derogatory lacking the sophistication associated with city-dwellers; countrified


the interior part of a region or country


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