back·​woods | \ ˈbak-ˈwu̇dz How to pronounce backwoods (audio) \

Definition of backwoods

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

backwoods

adjective

Definition of backwoods (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from backwoods

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

backwoodsy \ ˈbak-​ˈwu̇d-​zē How to pronounce backwoodsy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for backwoods

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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Examples of backwoods in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction Dick’s Sporting Goods also has deals on traditional basketball hoops as well as outdoor, camping and hiking gear for the backyard or the backwoods, plus free shipping on orders of $49 or more. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 What is normal in the backwoods of the panhandle or on the prairies of north-central Florida is ludicrously alien in Miami Beach. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "The Dark Soul of the Sunshine State," 21 June 2020 Blades with a polished and reflective finish can signal your location to buddies or rescue workers in the backwoods. Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 Dick’s Sporting Goods has deals on bikes, basketball hoops and ping pong tables as well as outdoor, camping and hiking gear for the backyard or the backwoods, plus free shipping on orders of $49 or more. oregonlive, "Father’s Day: Great sports, exercise gift ideas to get dads fit," 14 June 2020 Blades with a polished and reflective finish can signal your location buddies or rescue workers in the backwoods. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Different Ways to use a Survival Knife in an Emergency," 29 May 2020 And that is exactly the motive driving the Dunstan family of city slickers slip-sliding through the southern Colorado backwoods. CBS News, "​The hunt for Forrest Fenn's treasure," 12 July 2015 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Frances Quinlan Quinlan had planned to celebrate her 34th birthday in a backwoods cabin this week, before a Friday show in Ohio. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Blondie, Pussy Riot, and Other Musicians Are Listening to In Quarantine," 6 May 2020 The potholes are worth it, however, for the great weekend of backwoods hiking and exploring . Stef Schrader, Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix Those Annoying Suspension Clunks and Rattles," 25 Apr. 2020 With a freestanding design, premium lightweight aluminum poles, and two entry doors, this backwoods house packs in serious features for the money. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best New Camping Gear of the Year," 7 Apr. 2020 Clustered among pine forests and sunny prairies along scenic backwoods roads 20 miles south of town, Perkins Tank and JD Dam Lake comprise a water-centric tour of the Kaibab National Forest’s southern sector. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 The Curse of Buckout Road Witches burning at the stake, backwoods albino killers and a modern day stalker prove to be more than urban legends on this New York state byway. Los Angeles Times, "New movies opening in L.A. this week: Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ and more," 22 Sep. 2019 The weekend gets going on Friday with music from Gator Nate, the lovable backwoods yahoo and role model for many a UF pledge. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Weekend preview: Honest Liars, Canes and Gators, silent hip-hop in Oakland Park," 22 Aug. 2019 The customizable routes offer dozens of options ranging from easy strolls just steps from town to long-distance backwoods excursions. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Shady, easy-to-navigate forest trail leads to big mountain views," 21 June 2019 Forty years later, a backwoods hunter from Kentucky who grew up in a log cabin won the presidency, in part by mythologizing his own origins on the frontier in terms of the natural aristocracy of the common man. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of backwoods

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backwoods was in 1709

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“Backwoods.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backwoods. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for backwoods

backwoods

noun
How to pronounce backwoods (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of backwoods

: an area that is far from cities

backwoods

noun plural
back·​woods | \ ˈbak-ˈwu̇dz How to pronounce backwoods (audio) \

Kids Definition of backwoods

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

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