hayseed

noun
hay·​seed | \ˈhā-ˌsēd \
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

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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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hayscales

hay-scented fern

hayseed

haysel

hayshaker

hayshock

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