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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.
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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
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(ˈbækˈwʊdz mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person living in or coming from the backwoods.
[1700–10, Amer.]
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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"
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[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
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[ˈbækwʊdzmən] (mainly British) nmilitant m de la vieille école
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References in classic literature ?
'You shall not escape me in this way, you morose backwoodsman,' retorts Lady Tippins.
Much the same is it with the backwoodsman of the West, who with comparative indifference views an unbounded prairie sheeted with driven snow, no shadow of tree or twig to break the fixed trance of whiteness.
With the hereditary legislator in whom eloquence is a far-descended attainment--a rich echo repeated by powerful voices from Cicero downward--we will match some wondrous backwoodsman, who has caught a wild power of language from the breeze among his native forest boughs.
To tell the truth, Phineas had been a hearty, two-fisted backwoodsman, a vigorous hunter, and a dead shot at a buck; but, having wooed a pretty Quakeress, had been moved by the power of her charms to join the society in his neighborhood; and though he was an honest, sober, and efficient member, and nothing particular could be alleged against him, yet the more spiritual among them could not but discern an exceeding lack of savor in his developments.
This is like one of those Red-skin stories where the noble savages carry off a girl and the honest backwoodsman with his incomparable knowledge follows the track and reads the signs of her fate in a footprint here, a broken twig there, a trinket dropped by the way.
As a true patriot, I should be ashamed to think that Adam in paradise was more favorably situated on the whole than the backwoodsman in this country.
It will aspire to be a welcome visitor in the minister's study, in the merchant's parlour, at the mechanic's and the farmer's fireside, and in the backwoodsman's lonely shanty.
As the linchpin in the story, Kenny is a multilayered, innovative backwoodsman. He knows what he wants and goes after it, whether it's baiting a bear, building an off-road wheeler with its own specs, or falling in love.
There are some great songs, too, but EastEnders actor Sam Attwater, star of ITV's Dancing on Ice, seems strangely out of place in the lead role of rough, tough backwoodsman Adam Pontipee, who rides into town to do a bit of shopping and get a bride, omitting to tell her he has six hungry brothers living under the same cabin roof.
Rogers was a rugged, six-foot, scarred (from wounds and smallpox) backwoodsman. In War on the Run, author John Ross gives a good verbal portrayal of Rogers--warts and all.
The age of the cast has also plummeted - Dave Willetts was over 50 when he played Adam Pontipee at the Empire in 2006, and Steve Houghton pushing 40 in 2008, making the current head of the backwoodsman clan, Sam Attwater, a mere babe at 28.
Hammond was excellent as tough backwoodsman Adam Pontipee, striding the stage with great confidence and singing the big numbers, like Bless Your Beautiful Hide and Love never Goes Away, superbly.