Definition of backwoods in US English:

backwoods

plural noun

North American
  • 1often as modifier Remote uncleared forest land.

    ‘backwoods homesteads’
    • ‘It's not the witty, clever-yet-deep film you might expect, coming across instead as a lightly funny, lazy exercise in mining the obvious humor value of thrusting a big city film crew into a Northeastern backwoods hamlet.’
    • ‘Abraham Lincoln's campaign capitalized on the image of the log cabin and the backwoods railsplitter.’
    • ‘This web-footed rodent living in the bayous and backwoods of Louisiana has become a kind of unofficial state animal, an anointed nuisance with resident status.’
    • ‘You'd think that the fact it took place, not in a makeshift basement church or at a remote backwoods campsite, but in a Senate office building, might have attracted considerable media frenzy.’
    • ‘For the hiker or backwoods bicyclist who carries the handgun solely for self-protection and may not own another gun, the revolver is easy to use and carry.’
    • ‘The idea of raising an army from backwoods colonists seemed laughable.’
    • ‘The idiosyncrasies of the backwoods people were easily remembered, especially those that could be considered as negative values.’
    • ‘They were walking down the backwoods path they always used, although ambling was a more appropriate term.’
    • ‘In the depth of winter a big group of kulaks with their families were being taken on carts 300 kilometres into the backwoods of the region.’
    • ‘For a century mining corporations reaped sweet profits amid backwoods burgs that are struggling to stay alive today.’
    • ‘She is hopelessly naive about the vulgarity of American life outside her tiny, backwoods hamlet of Sparta, North Carolina.’
    • ‘People used our address as a backwoods landfill, depositing the unsought and the unclean.’
    • ‘You'll copter in to one of five beautiful backwoods lodges for guided heli-hiking to turquoise lakes ringed by wildflowers.’
    • ‘It is located in the southern part of the city, hence the name ‘Downriver’, and is special in the regard that it's actually a wormhole to some backwoods city in the deep south.’
    • ‘She is but the latest in a long line of backwoods cats to call this wildlife sanctuary home, her personal habits and transferable lessons each dutifully recorded by the man-who-writes.’
    • ‘It was akin to turning off a bustling well-lit highway and onto a sinister-looking backwoods dirt road that led to only God and the devil knew where.’
    • ‘I had always figured the reclusive Yeti as being a mysterious, private creature who lurked in some backwoods plot of land slowly being bulldozed and turned into apartment complexes.’
    • ‘And, frankly, this backwoods lockup was a far remove from his usual, aseptic surroundings.’
    • ‘He and his lovely wife live in a remote backwoods home.’
    • ‘One could not mistake his warm empathy for the place, for his splendid vision of a small world of learning and research embracing both sides of that famous backwoods river, the Otonabee, deep in the heart of eastern Ontario.’
    the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, remote areas, the wilds, the hinterlands, a backwater
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    1. 1.1 A remote or sparsely inhabited region, especially one considered backward.
      • ‘Songs sprinkled with references to selling the farm and moving to Baltimore, or seeing out one's days in the Mississippi backwoods, may not seem much closer to home, but they seemed far less exotic and esoteric.’
      • ‘At a recent London show, armed with no more than a backwoods beard, an acoustic guitar and an amazing voice, he silenced a room full of gabby, gossipy music-biz types, which is no mean feat.’
      • ‘With our unrefined ways and backwoods Malayali attire, we would sit coyly, yet smugly, as the juke-box sang at our command.’
      • ‘Whatever happens, he will have discovered one thing above all else: that the wonderful thing about America is that in truth any backwoods child can grow up to be President.’
      • ‘But the beard did itch and make me look older and also make me look like a backwoods hick.’
      • ‘This region is not the backwoods our party leadership seems to think it is.’
      • ‘Sending a triumvirate of trained pollsters and media men into the bumpkin's backwoods barrio, he hopes to help the honky-tonk hick win more than his fair share of the illiterate Appalachian vote.’
      • ‘She was the least savant of the group, according to her tattered footwear, and her lackey hair job tailed the backwoods hillbilly aura about her.’
      • ‘But few realistically imagine a bunch of backwoods rednecks pulled off something like this.’
      • ‘Pundits have long pondered the contradictions inherent in a vice-prez whose life contains both an out-and-proud lesbian daughter, and a backwoods redneck doofus boss.’
      • ‘‘We have a choice whether to remain in the backwoods, or become part of the wider progressive movement which will ultimately represent our interests,’ he said.’
      • ‘I'm guessing proponents of creationism were eager to shed this image of backwoods ignorance opponents tend to associate with their theories, and leaped to embrace this new spin.’
      • ‘Another point: this has happened exactly where you might have expected it, neither in the big city nor in the dirt-poor backwoods, but in the zone of transition between the two.’
      • ‘The characters and monsters are very plain, unappealing folk, partially because they suffer from the drab backwoods fashion of the late 1800s, partially because of their lack of detail.’
      • ‘Toss in a taste of backwoods twang and that's some fine vittles.’
      • ‘Cleared of murdering their parents, these backwoods boys are looking forward to the return of their sister, Naomi.’
      • ‘Elvis was an uneducated, backwoods boy with a big, big voice and comically bad taste.’
      • ‘Academic departments like the one referenced in this post are the intellectual equivalent of a very small community in a hillbilly backwoods holler - in desperate need of an infusion of fresh genetic material.’
      • ‘You need to cultivate an actual normal relationship with a woman for the first time in your backwoods life.’
      • ‘Why is it aliens only abduct backwoods yahoos who have jobs like cutting down trees and live in broken-down trailer parks?’
      the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, remote areas, the wilds, the hinterlands, a backwater
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Pronunciation

backwoods

/ˈbakˌwo͝odz//ˈbækˌwʊdz/