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backwoods

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction back·woods \ -ˈwu̇dz \

Definition of backwoods

1 :wooded or partly cleared areas far from cities
2 :a remote or culturally backward area

backwoodsy

play \-ˈwu̇d-zē\ adjective

First Known Use of backwoods

1709


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backwoods

adjective

Definition of backwoods

:of, relating to, or suggesting backwoods; especially :culturally backward or unsophisticated
  • a backwoods sentimentality

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First Known Use of backwoods

1784


BACKWOODS Defined for English Language Learners

backwoods

noun

Definition of backwoods for English Language Learners

  • : an area that is far from cities


BACKWOODS Defined for Kids

backwoods

noun plural back·woods \ ˈbak-ˈwu̇dz \

Definition of backwoods for Students

1 :wooded or partly cleared areas away from cities
2 :a place that is backward in culture


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