from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Heavily wooded, uncultivated, thinly settled areas.
- n.pl. An area that is far from population centers or that is held to be culturally backward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The forests or partly cleared grounds on the frontiers.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a remote and undeveloped area
From back + woods. (Wiktionary)