hay·​seed ˈhā-ˌsēd How to pronounce hayseed (audio)
plural hayseed or hayseeds
: seed shattered from hay
: clinging bits of straw or chaff from hay
plural hayseeds : bumpkin, yokel

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 Grey Henson and Ashley D. Kelley as the gleeful Storytellers, Kevin Cahoon as a hayseed philosopher and Caroline Innerbichler as the requisite ingenue all joyfully indulge the cheeky, harmlessly off-color vibe. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023 Who is this gosh-darn hayseed? Kyle Smith, National Review, 30 Nov. 2020 Sort of like how Axl Rose is some hayseed with chops like Chopin. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 3 Aug. 2022 To share the workload, and also to teach him how to do everything, Jeremy brings on an uneducated 21-year-old blond hayseed named Kaleb who sports a series of increasingly dire haircuts as the series goes on. Kyle Smith, National Review, 8 Aug. 2021 Callum Scott Howells is another standout as Colin, a Welsh hayseed who’s wonderstruck by city life. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2021 The only concern would be any hayseed that makes it through the horses’ digestive system and is not then picked up by the chickens. oregonlive, 13 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 16 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hayseed was in 1577

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“Hayseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hayseed. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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