- a native or inhabitant of Indiana (used as a nickname).
- (usually lowercase) any awkward, unsophisticated person, especially a rustic.
Origin of Hoosier
Examples from the Web for hoosier
Our legislators passed laws regarding consent and record keeping to ensure high standards of quality and care for Hoosier women.Indiana’s Crazy Administrative Abortion Demands Have Doctors Racking Up the Violations
September 18, 2014
Indiana The Hoosier State is a bit like Tennessee, a deeply red state that will occasionally back Democrats.Swing States Sit Out Obamacare: What Four Holdouts Are Doing
September 27, 2013
Mr. Harney is a native Hoosier, a resident of Crawfordsville, Indiana.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
And play up local pride—a Hoosier product for Hoosier people.Otherwise Phyllis
I want to get back for the performance of 'The Hoosier Doctor.'The Footlights Fore and Aft
His walk, voice and mannerisms smacked faintly of the Hoosier.The Khaki Boys at Camp Sterling
The effect was tremendous, and the Hoosier's shouts could be heard for miles.The American Joe Miller
- US a native or inhabitant of Indiana
Word Origin and History for hoosier
"native or resident of Indiana," by c.1830, American English, of unknown origin; fanciful explanations were printed in 1830s newspapers. Said to have been first printed Jan. 1, 1833, in the "Indianapolis Journal," in a poem, "The Hoosiers Nest," by John Finely, which poem was said to have been written in 1830 ["The Word Hoosier," "Indiana Historical Society Publications," vol. IV, No. 2, 1907], and to have been in oral use from late 1820s. Seemingly it originated among Ohio River boatmen; perhaps related to English dialectal (Cumberland) hoozer, used of anything unusually large [Barnhart]. For other theories, see the above quoted source.