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backwoodsman Line breaks: back¦woods|man
Pronunciation: /ˈbakwʊdzmən/

Definition of backwoodsman in English:

noun (plural backwoodsmen)

1chiefly North American An inhabitant of backwoods, especially one regarded as uncouth or backward.
Example sentences
  • Whether as stimulant or a sedative such tales must have stirred the deepest wells of political consciousness in the most backward of backwoodsmen.
  • Small-town folk were the backbone of the country, then they were daffy oddly-accented backwoodsmen.
  • He finally succeeded in settling in Kentucky in 1775, having cut the Wilderness Road with thirty other backwoodsmen and founded the town of Boonesborough (now Boonesboro, Kentucky).
1.1British informal A peer who very rarely attends the House of Lords.
Example sentences
  • Yet when one thinks of the famed Tory backwoodsmen of the House of Lords, it is hard to regard the aristocracy as a hotbed of dissent.
  • Alongside the families of the unskilled labourers who at election times are herded rather unwillingly into cars to be taken to cast their Labour votes, are the costermongers and the junk men who are as staunch in their Conservatism as the backwoodsmen of the House of Lords.
  • I can see that being popular with the Tory backwoodsmen in the House of Commons.

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