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[hik] /hɪk/
an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.
pertaining to or characteristic of hicks:
hick ideas.
located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area:
a hick town.
Origin of hick
1555-65; after Hick, familiar form of Richard Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hick
  • To many of his contemporaries, he had the appearance of a boorish millionaire, a hick made good.
  • They loathed the corruption and inability of the hick-elites who only took office on a wave of public opinion.
British Dictionary definitions for hick


  1. a country person; bumpkin
  2. (as modifier): hick ideas
Word Origin
C16: after Hick, familiar form of Richard
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Word Origin and History for hick

late 14c. as a pet form of masc. proper name Richard. Meaning "awkward provincial person" was established by 1700 (cf. rube); earlier it was the characteristic name of a hosteler, hackneyman, etc. (late 14c.), perhaps via alliteration. The adjective is recorded by 1914.

A hick town is one where there is no place to go where you shouldn't be. [attributed to U.S. humorist Robert Quillen (1887-1948)]

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Slang definitions & phrases for hick



: wasn't bad looking in a hick way/ that hick chief of police


A rural person; a simple, countrified man or woman; apple-knocker, rube: The automobile largely nullified the outward distinctions between hick and city slicker

[1565+; fr a nickname of Richard, thought of as a country name, as Reuben is the base of ''rube'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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