country cousin

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  1. 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

Words Nearby country cousin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use country cousin in a sentence

  • Nonetheless, New York still viewed Washington as a dowdy country cousin, not quite up to the Big Money show.

    Money Rules in the New D.C. | Jane Hitchcock | April 8, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She had no party dresses, but with Mrs. Willard's assistance she always looked the beautiful country cousin.

    Duffels | Edward Eggleston
  • I should die of mortification to have a country cousin come around just now.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation | Grace Livingston Hill
  • Her visitor smiled and complied, pleased with her country cousin's delight.

    Jewel's Story Book | Clara Louise Burnham
  • I was going to tell you of my friend's adventure in the New York car, a sober-moving thing in comparison with its country cousin.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for country cousin

country cousin

  1. an unsophisticated person from the country, esp one regarded as an object of amusement

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Other 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).

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