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[hey-seed] /ˈheɪˌsid/
grass seed, especially that shaken out of hay.
small bits of the chaff, straw, etc., of hay.
an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel; hick.
Origin of hayseed
1570-80; hay + seed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for hayseed
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  • The rich old uncle to whom I was presented did not have the appearance of a hayseed.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
  • He lives on hayseed,—everywhere he's found, But in the country he does most abound.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • "I won't take no slack from no old Wabash hayseed like you," responded the teamster cordially.

  • I allow you to—er—ornament my tree, and 'tain't every hayseed I'd let do that.'

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He had, as sailors say, 'hayseed in his hair' and knew nothing about a ship.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
  • An' no jollyin' nor green money would change that hayseed's mind.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • When Tom Parsons went to Randall he was looked upon as a mere country lad, a hayseed.

  • We did not care for sight-seeing, and the pastimes of the hayseed mind.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Tom Parsons, a "hayseed," makes good on the scrub team of Randall College.

    Two Boy Gold Miners Frank V. Webster
  • There was no hayseed in his brain; there were no flies on his intellect.

British Dictionary definitions for hayseed


seeds or fragments of grass or straw
(US & Canadian, informal, derogatory) a yokel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hayseed

1570s in the literal sense of "grass seed shaken out of hay," from hay + seed (n.). In U.S. slang sense of "comical rustic" it dates from 1875. To have hayseed in (one's) hair was a common mid-19c. way in U.S. to indicate a country person.

The opinion of the court was delivered by Justice Hunt; the chief justice, in whose hair the Ohio hayseed still lingers, delivering a dissenting opinion (etc.) ["The Chronicle," New York, Nov. 12, 1874]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hayseed



Rural; provincial: The bad actors perform worse plays in hayseed theaters


(also hayseeder)A farmer; country person: There's still a lot of hayseed in Senator Chance (1888+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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