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hayseed

[hey-seed] /ˈheɪˌsid/
noun
1.
grass seed, especially that shaken out of hay.
2.
small bits of the chaff, straw, etc., of hay.
3.
an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel; hick.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; hay + seed
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British Dictionary definitions for hayseed

hayseed

/ˈheɪˌsiːd/
noun
1.
seeds or fragments of grass or straw
2.
(US & Canadian, informal, derogatory) a yokel
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Word Origin and History for hayseed
n.

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]

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Slang definitions & phrases for hayseed

hayseed

adjective

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

noun

(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.
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