Simple Definition of backwater
: a part of a river where the water moves slowly because it is away from the main part of the river
: a quiet place (such as a town or village) where there is little activity, excitement, progress, etc.
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The once sleepy backwater is now a thriving city.
<a distant backwater that didn't even have electricity at that time>
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