Backwater - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækwɔːtər|  American pronunciation of the word backwater
Brit.  |ˈbakwɔːtə|  British pronunciation of the word backwater

noun

- a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam

the bayous and backwaters are breeding grounds for mosquitos

- a place or condition in which no development or progress is occurring

the country is an economic backwater

Examples

The once sleepy backwater is now a thriving city.

...a distant backwater that didn't even have electricity at that time...

The backwaters of the Amazon are of enormous extent.

the bayous and backwaters are breeding grounds for mosquitos

the country is an economic backwater

...as far as he was concerned, anyone from outside the city was a backwater churl...

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