A poverty-stricken rural community.
Dilapidated housing as might be found in the rural American South.
(pejorative) Poor and uneducated rural Southerners.
A fictional place in the rural American South inhabited by poor and uneducated.
Origin of tobacco-road
- After Tobacco Road , a novel by Erskine Caldwell
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- There were and are many roads of this name in the American South. The meanings are derived from the 1931 novel, Tobacco Road, by Erskine Caldwell and the 1932 play and 1941 movie derived from it.