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

Examples of hick in a Sentence


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

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, "Critic's Notebook: 'Letterkenny' Is the Canadian Comedy You Didn't Know You Needed," 11 July 2018 Keep hearing about wentz injury recovery but what about Peters and hicks? Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Thoughts on the cancelled White House visit, Carson Wentz's charity softball game, and OTAs | Early Birds," 6 June 2018 Congrats @Cam_I_Am81 -- akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) April 11, 2018 What's next for the Saints receiving corps? Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Cameron Meredith acquisition offers Saints more NFL Draft flexibility," 11 Apr. 2018 His style is more rooted in George Jones than the bro-country and hick-hop claptrap that until recently dominated the airwaves. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Clint Black, Dashboard Confessional turn Also Playing into a history lesson," 26 Mar. 2018 Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson play Joe’s brothers, some real hick-types whom the Logans need for various heavy lifting. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Logan Lucky Review: A Southern-Fried Ocean’s Eleven That Goes Down Easy," 26 July 2017 Brilliant and often hilarious underneath his hick persona, this North Carolinian continues to distill rock-and-roll down to its joyous essence. Nick Cristiano, Philly.com, "Best country and roots albums of 2017: Chris Stapleton, Gregg Allman and more," 7 Dec. 2017 How dare those Texas hicks reject the political controls over building that zoning laws represent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Texas, Thou Hast Sinned," 31 Aug. 2017 Surely the organization is shocked to learn the dumb hicks in the hunting public even HAVE computers. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "PETA anti-hunting Facebook campaign backfires," 24 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Here's What Texas Stylists Have to Say About Ted Cruz's "Hair Dye" Comment," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hick

US, informal + disapproving : an uneducated person from a small town or the country

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