hay·​seed | \ ˈhā-ˌsēd How to pronounce hayseed (audio) \
plural hayseed or hayseeds

Definition of hayseed

1a : seed shattered from hay
b : clinging bits of straw or chaff from hay
2 plural hayseeds : bumpkin, yokel

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Examples of hayseed in a Sentence

though educated and sophisticated, the country singer always put on the facade of an amiable hayseed when in public
Recent Examples on the Web Coleman grew up on a family farm in Eastern Connecticut and some boys at school called her something akin to a stupid hayseed. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "From farm to ring, Connecticut fighter’s work ethic feeds her success," 26 Aug. 2020 Janelle dismisses the iffy new employee as an uncouth hayseed, but Emma Messenger plays Lorrie with a feline (as in big cat) watchfulness from the get-go. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Guns take center stage in all-female play “The Secretary” at Curious Theatre," 16 Jan. 2020 Particularly, animal rights activist Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic, a peacocking hayseed and zookeeper also known as Joseph Maldonado-Passage, now doing time for murder for hire and numerous animal law violations. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "‘Tiger King’: Alabama ties to bonkers Netflix hit," 17 Apr. 2020 We’re rednecks and hayseeds from the hinterlands, the backcountry, the backwoods, and the boondocks. Robert Gebeloff, New York Times, "The Graying of the American Economy Is on Display in Iowa," 3 Feb. 2020 Similar to its Firrea claims against other banks, Justice accuses UBS of misleading the institutions that bought its securities, such as the hayseeds at Merrill Lynch. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Obama-Style Bank Heist," 18 Nov. 2018 The characters in this heist film from Steven Soderbergh, set in North Carolina, are the inverse: outwardly unskilled hayseeds who execute a complicated theft with finesse. Charles Bramesco, New York Times, "The Little Lebowskis: 10 Righteous Heirs to a Coen Brothers’ Classic," 6 Mar. 2018 As the series advances, Danny’s K’un-Lun hayseed act will give way to something moodier and more tantrum-prone, as though his hero’s journey got stuck in a ditch somewhere in adolescence. Jonathan L. Fischer, Slate Magazine, "Netflix’s Iron Fist has about as little self-awareness as its white, male, billionaire protagonist.," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of hayseed

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hayseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hayseed. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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