Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words

country cousin

a person from the country or from a small town, to whom the sights and activities of a large city are novel and bewildering.
Origin of country cousin
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for country cousin
Historical Examples
  • It is not in Europe only, that the country cousin furnishes food for laughter to his relatives in the towns.

    In Court and Kampong Hugh Clifford
  • Have you no uncle or country cousin about my weight and build?'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • The reader is like a country cousin in the metropolis bewildered by a host of new sensations.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Camilla, attempting to smile, promised to play the country cousin no more.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • These cousins were rather apt to attempt the city-cousin rôle, and to treat her as a country cousin and poor relation.

    Hildegarde's Harvest Laura E. Richards
  • When one is only a sort of country cousin, a colonial, just come to town!

    Half A Chance Frederic S. Isham
  • It comes from the country cousin, and is generally in these words or thereabouts: "What piece ought we to take tickets for?"

    Our Stage and Its Critics "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
  • A sergeant in my company, a Galway man, has a country cousin in the barracks who knows all about it.

  • Nature was a lady she didn't recognize: a country cousin she'd never met.

  • Thus, the country cousin within our gates is more learned in the stock sights of town than townsfolk themselves.

    The Brighton Road Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for country cousin

country cousin

an unsophisticated person from the country, esp one regarded as an object of amusement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for country cousin

country cousin

noun phrase

A distant though related person or thing: This was country cousin to a myth that floated around St. Louis earlier, about a major utility that ordered six thousand body bags with its name imprinted on them

[1770+; The date refers to the sense ''an unsophisticated rustic relative'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with country cousin

country cousin

One whose lack of sophistication or rural ways may amuse or embarrass city dwellers. For example, The sightseeing guide geared his tour toward country cousins who had never been to a large city before. This term, which literally means “a cousin who lives in the country,” has been used in this figurative way since the second half of the 1700s, although the idea is much older (such persons were stock figures of fun in Restoration comedies of the late 1600s and early 1700s).
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for country cousin

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for country

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for country cousin