Definition of backwoods in English:


plural noun

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

    ‘backwoods homesteads’
    • ‘People used our address as a backwoods landfill, depositing the unsought and the unclean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were walking down the backwoods path they always used, although ambling was a more appropriate term.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The idea of raising an army from backwoods colonists seemed laughable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The idiosyncrasies of the backwoods people were easily remembered, especially those that could be considered as negative values.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abraham Lincoln's campaign capitalized on the image of the log cabin and the backwoods railsplitter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'll copter in to one of five beautiful backwoods lodges for guided heli-hiking to turquoise lakes ringed by wildflowers.’
    • ‘She is hopelessly naive about the vulgarity of American life outside her tiny, backwoods hamlet of Sparta, North Carolina.’
    the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, remote areas, the wilds, the hinterlands, a backwater
    the backcountry, the backland
    the outback, the bush, the backblocks, the booay
    the backveld, the platteland
    the sticks
    the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers
    woop woop, beyond the black stump
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    1. 1.1 A remote or sparsely inhabited region, especially one considered backward.
      • ‘This region is not the backwoods our party leadership seems to think it is.’
      • ‘You need to cultivate an actual normal relationship with a woman for the first time in your backwoods life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With our unrefined ways and backwoods Malayali attire, we would sit coyly, yet smugly, as the juke-box sang at our command.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the beard did itch and make me look older and also make me look like a backwoods hick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why is it aliens only abduct backwoods yahoos who have jobs like cutting down trees and live in broken-down trailer parks?’
      • ‘But few realistically imagine a bunch of backwoods rednecks pulled off something like this.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Toss in a taste of backwoods twang and that's some fine vittles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cleared of murdering their parents, these backwoods boys are looking forward to the return of their sister, Naomi.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Elvis was an uneducated, backwoods boy with a big, big voice and comically bad taste.’
      • ‘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.’
      the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, remote areas, the wilds, the hinterlands, a backwater
      the backcountry, the backland
      the outback, the bush, the backblocks, the booay
      the backveld, the platteland
      the sticks
      the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers
      woop woop, beyond the black stump
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