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 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 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, 17 Apr. 2020 We’re rednecks and hayseeds from the hinterlands, the backcountry, the backwoods, and the boondocks. Robert Gebeloff, New York Times, 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, 18 Nov. 2018 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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