Hoosier

Hoosier

[hoo-zher]
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Indiana (used as a nickname).
2.
(usually lowercase) any awkward, unsophisticated person, especially a rustic.

Origin:
1920–30, Americanism; of uncertain origin

Hoosierdom, noun
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Hoosier (ˈhuːʒɪə)
 
n
(US) a native or inhabitant of Indiana
 
[C19: origin unknown]

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Hoosier
"native or resident of Indiana," 1826, Amer.Eng., of unknown origin, perhaps related to Eng. dial. (Cumberland) hoozer, used of anything unusually large.
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