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



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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Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction Then there’s Munro, just writing story after story while living quietly in the backwoods. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 23 July 2021 But the Wolffs and many of their neighbors in a ribbon of conservative towns and backwoods settlements along the southern edge of the Bootleg Fire have chosen to stay home, despite the urging by authorities to evacuate. Author: Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2021 Take the most fire-breathing preacher in backwoods Mississippi. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Two unseen scientists manipulate the gory goings-on at a backwoods cabin inhabited by a group of unsuspecting college friends. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 After an incredible nine-day journey through the backwoods around Mount Shuksan, Penny, a 3-year-old miniature Australian labradoodle, is back home in Portland. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2020 Sounds like as good a reason as any for traipsing around the backwoods for several days with a film crew., 2 June 2021 In the middle of a summer dinner party unfolding in the backwoods of Cape Cod, Elle, the protagonist of Miranda Cowley Heller’s The Paper Place, steps outside into the dusty shadows and consummates a long-simmering love affair. Vogue, 29 May 2021 But Milburn puts an original spin on the familiar beats of the backwoods shock genre thanks to his hallucinatory storytelling, John Mehrmann’s unnerving score and Spielberg’s fervid performance. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 6 May 2020 The potholes are worth it, however, for the great weekend of backwoods hiking and exploring . Stef Schrader, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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


1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backwoods was in 1709

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“Backwoods.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backwoods

: an area that is far from cities


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

Kids Definition of backwoods

: wooded or partly cleared areas away from cities

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