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backwater

noun back·wa·ter \-ˌw-tər, -ˌwä-\

: 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.

Full Definition of BACKWATER

1
a :  water backed up in its course by an obstruction, an opposing current, or the tide
b :  a body of water (as an inlet or tributary) that is out of the main current of a larger body
2
a :  an isolated or backward place or condition
b :  an unpopular or unimportant field (as of study or business)
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Examples of BACKWATER

  1. The once sleepy backwater is now a thriving city.
  2. <a distant backwater that didn't even have electricity at that time>

First Known Use of BACKWATER

1629

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