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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. Heavily wooded, uncultivated, thinly settled areas.
2. An area that is far from population centers or that is held to be culturally backward.

back′woods′man n.
back′woods′y (-wo͝od′zē) adj.


n, pl -men
1. (Sociology) a person from the backwoods
2. informal US an uncouth or rustic person
3. (Parliamentary Procedure) informal Brit a peer who rarely attends the House of Lords


(ˈbækˈwʊdz mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person living in or coming from the backwoods.
[1700–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backwoodsman - a man who lives on the frontierbackwoodsman - a man who lives on the frontier  
pioneer - one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory; "they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"


[ˈbækwʊdzmən] N (backwoodsmen (pl))
1. (lit) → campesino/a m/f (pej) → patán m
2. (fig) (= reactionary) → reaccionario/a m/f (Brit) (Pol) par que asiste con muy poca frecuencia a las sesiones de la Cámara de los Lores


[ˈbækwʊdzmən] (mainly British) nmilitant m de la vieille école
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It possessed a motley population, composed of the creole descendants of the original French colonists; the keen traders from the Atlantic States; the backwoodsmen of Kentucky and Tennessee; the Indians and half- breeds of the prairies; together with a singular aquatic race that had grown up from the navigation of the rivers - the "boatmen of the Mississippi;- who possessed habits, manners, and almost a language, peculiarly their own, and strongly technical.
Where Mr Lloyd George referred to the House of Lords as blithering backwoodsmen and asinine anachronisms, Mr Rackstraw scorned to be so guarded in his speech.
But a group of five stood upright, backwoodsmen and frontiersmen, they, eager to contest any
She lost seats and had to bribe the backwoodsmen of the Democratic Unionist Party with one billion pounds to keep her sinking ship afloat.
He spoke out because one of Davidson's backwoodsmen MSPs, with a string of company directorships, was accused of using the Parliament to criticise a business rival.
They were the so-called backwoodsmen, Lords who had a right to sit and vote but never attended.
About fifteen hundred Viginia backwoodsmen defeated Chief Cornstalk's Shawnees.
That angered Tory backwoodsmen, so now she's showing some steel.
The famous musical is set in 1850s Oregon where the backwoodsmen brothers live on a remote farm together.
A IN the days of the backwoodsmen, frontiersmen and trappers of the 18th century when Americans were pushing west and trading with native Americans, the going rate for a buckskin was one silver dollar.
Unfortunately this is only in his more rational moments when not playing the school bully to impress Tory backwoodsmen in the House of Commons by patronising female opponents with comments of "calm down dear"
SEVEN frustrated backwoodsmen resort to mass kidnap to get married then lie about paternity.