One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal, derogatory An unsophisticated country person, as associated originally with the remote regions of the Appalachians.
bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarianView synonyms
- ‘Through it all, the culture-savvy walk around in a daze, slackjawed and awkward like hillbillies at a vernissage.’
- ‘It sounded like it was recorded by a bunch of hillbillies in a shack.’
- ‘It's inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies and hazy memories.’
- ‘When we want to go to Appalachia and take photos of the hillbillies, we don't hire Hollywood actors, because that just wouldn't cut it.’
- ‘If it's not civil servants swarming to the west or hillbillies fleeing to the city, then it's hill walkers trampling on private property.’
- ‘These are quality people, not hillbillies to any extent, but St. Louis is a city built for isolation.’
- ‘Maybe it's just me, but I don't like watching shows with pregnant hillbillies in them.’
- ‘In fact, hillbillies themselves were the first to capitalize commercially on the hillbilly mystique.’
- ‘We're hillbillies, and the rest of the world sees us that way.’
- ‘How about some hillbillies, dirty tricks, cavemen and monsters to jazz up the petrol-soaked smogfest?’
2as modifier ‘he played sweet hillbilly guitar’old-fashioned term for country music
- ‘Now and again, his voice lifts like a hillbilly choir or a candlelit revival presided over by David Crosby.’
- ‘This time around, the focus is on gospel-based material rather than bluegrass and hillbilly music.’
- ‘As they arrived in Latham, the familiar, edgy electronic Seinfeld music was momentarily replaced by a hillbilly twang.’
- ‘Featuring the talents of Cynthia Frazzini and Craig Aspen, The Believers' sound blends Americana rock with folk-country and a hillbilly twang.’
- ‘Even in high school, in that variety show, I went out and did a hillbilly rendition of a song, in addition to that rockabilly band I had.’
- ‘Here's what the hillbilly rocker had to say about his little monster.’
- ‘The instruments of a hillbilly jamboree are pots, jugs, and any other basic items.’
- ‘At times that means straighter pop tinted by shades of folk, country and indie rock and at other times, screaming hillbilly thrash.’
- ‘Fuller is a stout purist when it comes to his hillbilly music, and has some serious rules before you can climb up on his stage.’
- ‘‘I want to go back to when things were so simple’ sings Weiss in a high-pitched hillbilly squeal on ‘Piggly Wiggly’.’
- ‘‘I'm a hillbilly singer with delusions of grandeur,’ Earle says, with a guffaw.’
- ‘In the winter of 1940, a twenty-seven-year-old hillbilly singer named Woody Guthrie headed east to New York City.’
Early 20th century: from hill + Billy (pet form of the given name William).
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