Meaning of “backwater” in the English Dictionary

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"backwater" in British English

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backwaternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbæk.wɔː.tər/ us /ˈbæk.wɑː.t̬ɚ/

a part of a river where the water does not flow:

We tied the boat up in a quiet backwater overnight.

disapproving a place that does not change because it is not influenced by new ideas or events that happen in other places:

He grew up in a rural backwater.
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(Definition of “backwater” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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backwaternoun [ C ]

us /ˈbækˌwɔ·t̬·ər, -ˌwɑt̬·ər/

a place that does not seem to know much about the world and its ways:

Miami transformed from a cultural backwater to a culinary trendsetter.

(Definition of “backwater” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)