hillbilly

noun

hill·​bil·​ly ˈhil-ˌbi-lē How to pronounce hillbilly (audio)
plural hillbillies
often disparaging + offensive
: a person from a backwoods area

Examples of hillbilly in a Sentence

Other kids called her a hillbilly because of her accent and her simple clothes. in the skit, he was a shy hillbilly in love with a city girl

Word History

Etymology

hill entry 1 + Billy, nickname for William

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hillbilly was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Hillbilly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hillbilly. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

hillbilly

noun
hill·​bil·​ly ˈhil-ˌbil-ē How to pronounce hillbilly (audio)
plural hillbillies
often disparaging and offensive
: a person from a mountainous backwoods area

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