(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
any remote or isolated area.
of or relating to the backwoods.
unsophisticated; uncouth.
Contemporary Examples

He suspected that the driver, who was identified as Cody Alan Legebokoff, was poaching in the backwoods.
A Teen Serial Killer in Canada? Christine Pelisek October 22, 2011

He spends his days shacked up in a 400-square-foot converted turkey coop in the backwoods of Maine.
Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz on the Doc ‘Burt’s Buzz,’ and Losing Millions Marlow Stern September 10, 2013

Historical Examples

Were men not to have some compensation for the hardships of the backwoods?
Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock

They are known as “wild meadows,” and are of frequent occurrence in the backwoods.
The Western World W.H.G. Kingston

I suppose even these backwoods beggars have to eat once in a while, Clint?
The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour

Her backwoods twang sharpened as she aped some contemporary witch.
Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett

We have just received word that the entire company will spend some months in the backwoods, getting pictures of winter scenes.
The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm Laura Lee Hope

Can any of your readers “locate it,” as we say in the backwoods of America?
Notes and Queries, Number 207, October 15, 1853 Various

My father started with the intention of going to the backwoods of Upper Canada.
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth John Muir

The story of an ambitious, backwoods Ohio boy who rose to prominence.
‘Me-Smith’ Caroline Lockhart

plural noun
(mainly US & Canadian) partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
any remote sparsely populated place
(modifier) of, from, or like the backwoods
(modifier) uncouth; rustic


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