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  1. Edward,1780–1849, U.S. painter.
  2. Granville,1902–82, U.S. writer, educator, and editor.
  3. Sir John Richard,1904–1989, British economist: Nobel Prize 1972.
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  1. an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.
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  1. pertaining to or characteristic of hicks: hick ideas.
  2. located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area: a hick town.
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Origin of hick

1555–65; after Hick, familiar form of Richard
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Related Words for hicks

rube, clodhopper, bumpkin, boor, farmer, hillbilly, hayseed, redneck, yokel, rural, cornfed

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British Dictionary definitions for hicks


  1. informal
    1. a country person; bumpkin
    2. (as modifier)hick ideas
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Word Origin for hick

C16: after Hick, familiar form of Richard
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Word Origin and History for hicks



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)]
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