Definition of backblocker in English:



Australian, NZ
  • A person from the remote and sparsely inhabited interior:

    ‘you could tell he was a backblocker from his deep suntan and the looseness in his stance’
    • ‘He's the only poet of the backblocker.’
    • ‘Where the bush merges into the silent desert, the backblocker has his home.’
    • ‘He was a typical back-blocker, dry and wiry, nasally cocksure, insolently cool.’
    • ‘And if a born backblocker may make so bold, it's a fair old treat to see a new chum camping out for the fun of it!’
    • ‘Rumours circulated that would have staggered a backblocker.’
    • ‘Any backblocker would have come right out with it, in four letters.’
    • ‘There were some real backblocker chaps, who donned new moleskins for the occasion.’
    • ‘The unfortunate backblocker is compelled to take a smaller amount then the British Government paid.’
    • ‘She never married yet because she doesn't want a backblocker.’
    • ‘He's a real backblocker; has lived on the frontier all his life.’


Mid 19th century: from backblocks + -er.