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hick

[hik]Informal.
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noun
  1. an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.
adjective
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of hicks: hick ideas.
  2. located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area: a hick town.

Origin of hick

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.

  • 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.

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    Arthur Somers Roche

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


British Dictionary definitions for hick

hick

noun
  1. informal
    1. a country person; bumpkin
    2. (as modifier)hick ideas

Word Origin

C16: after Hick, familiar form of Richard
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

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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