Definition of backwoodsman in US English:


nounPlural backwoodsmen

North American
  • An 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only the ex-beauty queen and the spooky backwoodsman remain halfway normal.’
    • ‘But backwoodsmen were better at dealing with rebellious Indian chiefs than perfumed dandies were.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Small-town folk were the backbone of the country, then they were daffy oddly-accented backwoodsmen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make sure you've got some forward-thinking farmers on it, not the ubiquitous industry backwoodsmen.’
    • ‘Rejecting the charge that he is a backwoodsman, a person familiar with his thinking said: ‘He's not against an international strategy.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a sound that can sometimes be heard in the woods very late at night that indicates the presence of a novice backwoodsman.’
    • ‘While himself a college teacher, his sharply observant eye focused on the sturdy backwoodsmen and their families.’
    • ‘Moreover, there were similar disparities in wealth and status: magnates of the Silesian nobility had little in common with backwoodsmen like the Prussian Junkers.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Whether as stimulant or a sedative such tales must have stirred the deepest wells of political consciousness in the most backward of backwoodsmen.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The backwoodsman doesn't really need his wallpaper changed, does he?’
    • ‘Montana is in fact a beautiful part of the United States, one associated with rugged backwoodsmen and scenic wilderness.’
    • ‘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.’