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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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like or of the nature of backwoods
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A queasy mix of eerie-sounding percussion, ominous slide guitar and creaky banjo adds to the backwoodsy, boogeyman feel.
"(It) struck me that they provided a vision of the state that was at odds with my preconception about it--that if you wanted to go on vacation there, be prepared for it to be rugged and backwoodsy," said Suzanne Koziatek, a resident of Belleville, Ill., who has never visited Alaska.
If their comparative laxness and leisureliness (which are much more pronounced in Peter Loon than in the three Moosepath novels) don't send you to the bookshelves in search of Robert Ludlum or Clive Barker, you'll probably feel right at home in this backwoodsy nirvana.