Definition of hick in US English:



North American
  • A person who lives in the country, regarded as being unintelligent or provincial.

    ‘wondering what a hick from the sticks was doing there’
    as modifier ‘a hick town’
    • ‘Maybe they thought we were some hicks from the sticks, and were a wee bit complacent, but we have demonstrated since then that we are nobody's pushovers.’
    • ‘A Northeastern senator will be a big advantage this time around as Americans tire of Southern hicks.’
    • ‘Ms. Jacobson feels used: ‘He just portrayed us as backward hicks.’’
    • ‘The sticks, they're not just for hicks anymore.’
    • ‘It's a pleasant enough trip, despite the usual country hicks making fun of them.’
    • ‘We were from a real hick town and most of the kids there were related to all the others.’
    • ‘Unassuming and usually kind of quiet, he cuts no swath while entering a little hick bar out here in the country.’
    • ‘Coughing is not a sign of unhealthy air, it is the alveola in your lungs getting used to what the hicks call ‘country’ air.’
    • ‘If the neighbors were listening, they must have concluded that a hayseed hick had invaded my body.’
    • ‘Around 20,000 people turned up before sunrise in a hick town in the middle of nowhere to see the spectacle.’
    • ‘But the beard did itch and make me look older and also make me look like a backwoods hick.’
    • ‘Breaking down into helpless giggles at his dramatization of a country hick's accent, it took me a while before I was capable of answering him.’
    • ‘I was his lifeline, his manager, and he was my way up and out of a little hick town in the middle of nowhere, he was my ticket to fame.’
    • ‘I opened my mouth to ask a question and sounded like the worst hick to ever crawl out of the sticks.’
    • ‘Yesterday, I mentioned Sullivan's theory that southern members of the media elite are as liberal as they are because they feel the need to show their northern counterparts that they are not hicks.’
    • ‘Shepherd was a strange species: the hip hick, a defender of the Midwest at the precise moment that America was becoming bicoastal.’
    • ‘This being Los Angeles, and me being a hick from the sticks, I was only a few feet away from asking the shorter guy for an autograph, when I chickened out.’
    • ‘She set about getting rid of the dresses and her hick accent and her love of cowboy songs.’
    • ‘He felt like a hick from Texas, untutored and un-Eastern; he had an accent and a funny haircut.’
    • ‘When I was a kid in Ohio, you were considered sort of a hick if you liked country music.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel
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Mid 16th century: pet form of the given name Richard.