- 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
Related Wordsrube, clodhopper, bumpkin, boor, farmer, hillbilly, hayseed, redneck, yokel, rural, cornfed
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
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
Arthur Somers Roche
They took him for a hick, just because his clothes were new.The Arrow of Fire
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)]