Definition of country cousin in US English:

country cousin


  • A person with an unsophisticated and provincial appearance or manners.

    ‘with her long black gown, she made Lucy feel like a country cousin’
    • ‘Cara seemed fairly indifferent to it all, making Liza feel like the gawping country cousin.’
    • ‘Call me a country cousin if you want, but even Toronto, with all its manufacturing, still owes much of its wealth to the natural resources that lie outside its boundaries.’
    • ‘A report published in the Journal of Zoology explains that bears living near towns weigh up to 30% more than their country cousins and are up to a third less active.’
    • ‘Everyday low prices no doubt appeal to city dwellers no less than to their country cousins.’
    • ‘Walter felt like a country cousin coming in to the big city for the first time, his first impression was that cooperation amid synchronized movement.’
    • ‘Musical theatre was its formulaic, reductive country cousin, a forum for bright happy little tales, preferably tinged with a pleasant nationalistic fervour.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a young country cousin, Phoebe, arrives to lighten the gloom of the old house.’
    • ‘She enjoyed holidays on an uncle's farm or having country cousins to stay in the city.’
    • ‘To begin with, they are adepts of conspiracy theory, obsessed with information, disinformation, propaganda and its country cousin, mind control.’
    • ‘Their typical buyer is ‘a country cousin from somewhere around here,’ says an experienced vendor.’
    • ‘Bees thrive in London: they have a far better choice of flowers than their country cousins.’
    • ‘Yes, it's that time of year again when city slickers meet their country cousins for a day all will remember.’
    • ‘At the same time the Nationals cannot appear to be little more than the Liberals' country cousins.’
    • ‘With this occasional strand I am sharing this hot gossip - meat and drink to us city dwellers - with you, our country cousins.’
    • ‘Tensions have increased between the cosmopolitan city dwellers and their recently-arrived country cousins.’
    • ‘A city mouse who had visited his country cousin liked it so much that he sold his city pad and bought himself a rural mousehole instead.’
    • ‘Its story, such as it is, revolves round two gloomy middle-aged men - an affluent photographer living in Istanbul and his jobless country cousin.’
    • ‘If only their poor country cousins had an inkling of what was going on!’
    • ‘And while Hong Kong people once disdained Chinese visitors as poor country cousins, the touring mainlanders hardly fit the bumpkin stereotype.’
    • ‘Maybe then it could've tried to reason with its uncivilized country cousin, or even acted as bait so he could get away.’
    bumpkin, country bumpkin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
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country cousin

/ˈkəntri ˈkəzən//ˈkəntrē ˈkəzən/