(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: object, water

2. a place or condition in which no development or progress is occurring

- the country is an economic backwater

Definition categories: location, region


1. To row or paddle a backwater stroke.

2. (idiomatic) To vacillate on a long-held position.