One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spectator who watches a sporting event from a seating area which consists of an uncovered slope.‘he walked to his fielding position in front of the Hillites’
- ‘No jeering from the usually super-caustic Hillites at the Sydney Cricket Ground.’
- ‘An icy gale sent Hillites stampeding across the field.’
- ‘A number of the Hillites began to wolf-whistle.’
- ‘Barnes was hooted roundly by the Hillites and members.’
- ‘Once when he was in the outfield with his back to the Hillites, an untoward and over-beered barracker made insulting remarks about his size.’
Early 20th century: from the Australian sense of hill ‘an uncovered area of rising ground for spectators at a sporting event’ + -ite.
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