meaning of backwood

backwood meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1709, American English, from right back (adj.) + lumber (n.) "forested tract." In addition backwoods. As an adjective, from 1784. BACKWOODSMEN ... This term is usually used as a term of reproach (and therefore, just in a familiar design,) to designate the individuals, whom, staying at a length from ocean and totally agricultural, are considered as either dangerous or indifferent into the interests of commercial states. [John Pickering, "A Vocabulary, or Collection of phrases and words Which Have Been allowed to be particular to your united states," Boston, 1816]