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

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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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