tobacco road


often capitalized T&R
: a squalid poverty-stricken rural area or community

Word History


from Tobacco Road, novel (1932) by Erskine Caldwell and play (1933) by Jack Kirkland †1969 American playwright

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tobacco road was in 1937

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“Tobacco road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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