- a term used to refer to a person from a backwoods or other remote area, especially from the mountains of the southern U.S. (sometimes used facetiously).
- of, like, or relating to hillbillies: hillbilly humor.
Origin of hillbilly
Examples from the Web for hillbilly
A manservant can become an accounts man, a hillbilly a blue-blooded Manhattan prince.‘Mad Men’: Who Is Bob Benson?
June 17, 2013
In rural Appalachia, the drug is sometimes referred to as “hillbilly heroin.”‘Oxyana’ Documentary at Tribeca Exposes the OxyContin Epidemic
April 23, 2013
The takeaway from Buckwild could be the strong bond of youthful friendship—a hillbilly version of us against the world.‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Buckwild,’ ‘Honey Boo Boo,’ and the 99 Percent
December 13, 2012
Obviously a hillbilly, he carried a carbine as though it were a part of him.Trading Jeff and his Dog
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Why should he assume a hillbilly family from way out in Oregon was any different?The House from Nowhere
Arthur G. Stangland
We got a whole platoon to shoot out and I want to see that hillbilly do the same thing in the standing position.Sonny
The radio in the car was yangling with hillbilly songs, the only thing you can pick up in Ohio, but I didn't care.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
Nobody had any money except the hillbilly and he went home for the three days and really lived it up.The Biography of a Rabbit
- usually derogatory an unsophisticated person, esp from the mountainous areas in the southeastern US
- another name for country and western
Word Origin and History for hillbilly
"southern Appalachian U.S. resident," by 1892, from hill + masc. proper name Billy/Billie.
Then again, I do not think It will do so well. I would hate to see some old railroad man come here and take my job, and then, I don t think It is right to hire some Hill Billy and give him the same right as I just because he was hired the same time I was. ["The Railroad Trainmen's Journal," vol. IX, July 1892]
In short, a Hill-Billie is a free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires of his revolver as the fancy takes him. ["New York Journal," April 23, 1900]
In reference to a type of folk music, first attested 1924.