- an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.
- pertaining to or characteristic of hicks: hick ideas.
- located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area: a hick town.
Origin of hick
Examples from the Web for hick
But by and by pap got too handy with his hick'ry, and I couldn't stand it.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
So I retch me a fine bunch of hick'ries I done prepared for dat 'casion.The Wit of Women</p>
It's a long walk to Mr. Hick's place, but I guess you won't be afraid.The Curlytops and Their Playmates
Howard R. Garis
And a hick chicken don't have it any too soft in New York at the best of it.Find the Woman</p>
Arthur Somers Roche
They took him for a hick, just because his clothes were new.The Arrow of Fire</p>
Roy J. Snell
- a country person; bumpkin
- (as modifier)hick ideas
Word Origin and History for hick
late 14c. as a pet form of masc. proper name Richard. Meaning "awkward provincial person" was established by 1700 (cf. rube); earlier it was the characteristic name of a hosteler, hackneyman, etc. (late 14c.), perhaps via alliteration. The adjective is recorded by 1914.
A hick town is one where there is no place to go where you shouldn't be. [attributed to U.S. humorist Robert Quillen (1887-1948)]