\ ˈhik How to pronounce hick (audio) \

Definition of hick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an unsophisticated provincial person



Definition of hick (Entry 2 of 2)

: unsophisticated, provincial a hick town

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Other Words from hick


hickish \ ˈhi-​kish How to pronounce hick (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hick in a Sentence

Noun We felt like a bunch of hicks when we went to the city for the first time. city dwellers who looked down on their cousins from northern Maine as hicks
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For all of his self-ridicule about being an uneducated hick, Bird would prove to have the best grasp of the reporter-player relationship of all the Celtics players during my time covering the team. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2021 There was also a lovely moment of hillbilly elegizing, as one of the pundits put on his best hick costume to get in with the little people. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 23 July 2021 As written by Cain and portrayed by Hoesktra, Reeves is a Texas hick but a quick learner; tense and explosive; profane yet disciplined; disordered but aware of right and wrong. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021 The images of people gathering on Florida beaches conjure the dynamics of the Florida Man meme, which delights in the broad-brush painting of Floridians as criminally stupid hicks. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 11 May 2020 Shakespeare’s airiest souffle does put one in mind of all those half-hours of zaniness that once dominated prime time: clueless hicks living in Beverly Hills and horses that talk and mischievous uncles from Mars. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2020 Trump can always count on these two Alabama hicks to lick his clown boots. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 18 Oct. 2019 Played with locked jaw and a terrible haircut by Jared Keeso, the show’s co-creator and writer, Wayne is king of the hicks, a courteous ladykiller in stonewashed jeans. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2019 Keeso, the driving force of the series, plays Wayne, the toughest (but also, weirdly, the nicest) guy in Letterkenny, who is a hick and runs a produce stand outside of the family farm, which is basically just a setup for sitting around and talking. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rimac moved to Germany at age 2 and then to an independent Croatia in his early teens, where he was teased for his hick Bosnian accent. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2021 All of California isn’t vegan with wild hair, just like all of Texas isn’t overly crazy conservative, southern or hick accents, riding horses and shooting armadillos. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, 10 Sep. 2018 All of California isn’t vegan with wild hair, just like all of Texas isn’t overly crazy conservative, southern or hick accents, riding horses and shooting armadillos. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, 10 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hick


1669, in the meaning defined above


1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hick


Hick, nickname for Richard

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“Hick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hick. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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