hill billy


noun, plural hillbillies.
Often Disparaging and Offensive. a person from a backwoods or other remote area, especially from the mountains of the southern U.S.
of, like, or pertaining to hillbillies: hillbilly humor.

1895–1900, Americanism; hill + Billy

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hillbilly (ˈhɪlˌbɪlɪ)
n , pl -lies
1.  derogatory usually an unsophisticated person, esp from the mountainous areas in the southeastern US
2.  another name for country and western
[C20: from hill + Billy (the nickname)]

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Word Origin & History

"southern Appalachian resident," c.1900, from hill + masc. proper name Billy/Billie. As a type of folk music, first attested 1924.
"In short, a Hill-Billie is a free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires of his revolver as the fancy takes him." ["New York Journal," April 23, 1900]
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