Down East

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Down East

also down East  (doun ēst′)
The coastal regions of Maine. Historically the term has sometimes been applied to all of New England.

Down East′er, down-East′er (-ē′stər) n.
Down East′ern adj.

Down′ East′


adv. (often l.c.)
1. in or to New England.
2. in or to the state of Maine.
3. in or to the Maritime Provinces.
n.
5. the state of Maine.
6. the Maritime Provinces.
[1810–20, Amer.]
down`-east′er, Down′-East′er, n.
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Outsiders tend to base their notions on books, movies and television, and in all three, the down-easters of Maine are portrayed as good-natured bumpkins, stoically and stubbornly sticking to their forefathers' ways, and answering questions from strangers with "Ayuh'' or "Nope'' or similarly monosyllabic constructions.
Highly regarded for its sympathetic yet unsentimental portrayal of the town of Dunnet Landing and its residents, this episodic book is narrated by a nameless summer visitor who relates the life stories of various inhabitants, capturing the idiomatic language, customs, mannerisms, and humor peculiar to Down-Easters.
He continued to pour forth novels: Rachel Dyer (1828), the story of a Salem witch, considered by many his best work; Authorship (1830); <IR> THE DOWN-EASTERS </IR> (1833); True Womanhood (1859); The White Pacer (1863); The Moose Hunter (1864); and Little Moccasin; or Along the Madawaska (1865).