American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Heavily wooded, uncultivated, thinly settled areas.
- n. An area that is far from population centers or that is held to be culturally backward.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts in the remote parts of a new country; hence, in the United States and Canada, any rough or thinly settled region far from the centers of population.
- n. Partly or wholly uncleared forest, especially in North America.
- n. A remote or sparsely inhabited region, especially in North America; away from big towns and from the influence of modern life.
- adj. Pertaining to the backwoods.
- adj. Rough, uncouth, coarse, or crude in social matters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The forests or partly cleared grounds on the frontiers.
- n. a remote and undeveloped area
- From back + woods. (Wiktionary)
“Maybe in backwoods Alaska she can say what she wants, but in now she's where she can be sued for her lies ...”
“And the Conservative cause no longer can be found at the tweedy, collegiate haunts but rather prefers to be spread out at some beer bar in backwoods Alabama.”
“I'm alternately running and driving through this Gaimanesque forest/Wisconsin backwoods, when I get to THE BORDER.”
“Funny that in backwoods of Tennessee they call them Inbred Hicks, you call them Royalty.”
“Somewhere in backwoods Georgia we visited a monastery, a showpiece of religious tolerance.”
“Don's most popular poem during his lifetime was "Noah an 'Jonah an' Cap'n John Smith," a rambling farce, told in backwoods dialect, about three fishing buddies with unique knowledge of the subject at hand.”
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“Rather, it seeks to draw attention to the question of whether Canadian legal education should move toward the situation in the US, where an abundance of no-name backwoods law schools saturate the market with marginally-educated lawyers.”
“Her pronunciation needs tidying up if she is not to be dubbed a backwoods hick.”
“They were mostly from what might be called the backwoods of Kentucky; were ignorant, and had some very crude notions of the world at large.”
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