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hick

[hik] /hɪk/ Informal.
noun
1.
an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of hicks:
hick ideas.
3.
located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area:
a hick town.
Origin of hick
1555-1565
1555-65; after Hick, familiar form of Richard
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Examples from the Web for hick
Historical Examples
  • 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

    Kate Sanborn
  • It's a long walk to Mr. hick's place, but I guess you won't be afraid.

  • And a hick chicken don't have it any too soft in New York at the best of it.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • They took him for a hick, just because his clothes were new.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • Who wants a lady acrobat, Id like to know, in this hick burg?

  • If you don't, I'll go out to-morrow and tell everybody in this hick town.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • Just like that Venusian hick to be ready to sacrifice himself to get a Solar Medal!

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
  • Are you still such a hick that you don't know he was behind that match?

    Winner Take All

    Larry Evans
  • De soun' come f om onder de bed, an' I jes retch over an' gether in my bunch o' hick'ries, an' I say, 'Come out!'

    P'laski's Tunament Thomas Nelson Page
British Dictionary definitions for hick

hick

/hɪk/
noun
1.
(informal)
  1. a country person; bumpkin
  2. (as modifier): hick ideas
Word Origin
C16: after Hick, familiar form of Richard
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Word Origin and History for hick
n.

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)]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hick

hick

modifier

: wasn't bad looking in a hick way/ that hick chief of police

noun

A rural person; a simple, countrified man or woman; apple-knocker, rube: The automobile largely nullified the outward distinctions between hick and city slicker

[1565+; fr a nickname of Richard, thought of as a country name, as Reuben is the base of ''rube'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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