Definition of backwoodsman in English:



North American
  • 1An inhabitant of backwoods, especially one regarded as uncouth or backward.

    • ‘His contention that the backwoodsman's conquering spirit exacerbated Native American attempts to re-conquer Native ancestral lands reinforces what we already know.’
    • ‘Whether as stimulant or a sedative such tales must have stirred the deepest wells of political consciousness in the most backward of backwoodsmen.’
    • ‘By 1708, eighty French backwoodsmen lived in the Natchez villages, enjoying ample food supplies and local customs that enjoined premarital sex for profit on young women building their trousseaus.’
    • ‘The untutored backwoodsman was deemed wiser than the academic scholar, for the locally grounded observer had ‘greater opportunity to make new discoveries… than the professor whose life is spent in the laboratory’.’
    • ‘His collection of autobiographical essays is studded with the kind of homespun homilies so beloved of salty old backwoodsmen and Presidential candidates: ‘Hard work is where a man finds peace,’ for example.’
    • ‘Moreover, there were similar disparities in wealth and status: magnates of the Silesian nobility had little in common with backwoodsmen like the Prussian Junkers.’
    • ‘Since these films reverse the gender/power relation between their central partners, they necessarily reverse the customary direction of the gaze: the movie star gazes at the bookseller, the glamorous reporter at the backwoodsman.’
    • ‘And yet all I can think is how a nutritionally deprived Irish immigrant, a backwoodsman and a 16th-century carpenter managed to possess such fantastically white teeth.’
    • ‘While himself a college teacher, his sharply observant eye focused on the sturdy backwoodsmen and their families.’
    • ‘Small-town folk were the backbone of the country, then they were daffy oddly-accented backwoodsmen.’
    • ‘Rejecting the charge that he is a backwoodsman, a person familiar with his thinking said: ‘He's not against an international strategy.’’
    • ‘Why should I leave the choice to a bunch of tobacco-chewing backwoodsmen who aren't even bright enough to mark the voting papers properly?’
    • ‘In 1831, French traveler and commentator Alexis de Tocqueville expressed surprise at how well informed even backwoodsmen in the wilds of Michigan and Illinois were about national politics.’
    • ‘The backwoodsman doesn't really need his wallpaper changed, does he?’
    • ‘Only the ex-beauty queen and the spooky backwoodsman remain halfway normal.’
    • ‘Make sure you've got some forward-thinking farmers on it, not the ubiquitous industry backwoodsmen.’
    • ‘He finally succeeded in settling in Kentucky in 1775, having cut the Wilderness Road with thirty other backwoodsmen and founded the town of Boonesborough (now Boonesboro, Kentucky).’
    • ‘There is a sound that can sometimes be heard in the woods very late at night that indicates the presence of a novice backwoodsman.’
    • ‘But backwoodsmen were better at dealing with rebellious Indian chiefs than perfumed dandies were.’
    • ‘Montana is in fact a beautiful part of the United States, one associated with rugged backwoodsmen and scenic wilderness.’
    1. 1.1British informal A peer who very rarely attends the House of Lords.
      • ‘I can see that being popular with the Tory backwoodsmen in the House of Commons.’
      • ‘Yet when one thinks of the famed Tory backwoodsmen of the House of Lords, it is hard to regard the aristocracy as a hotbed of dissent.’
      • ‘Alongside the families of the unskilled labourers who at election times are herded rather unwillingly into cars to be taken to cast their Labour votes, are the costermongers and the junk men who are as staunch in their Conservatism as the backwoodsmen of the House of Lords.’