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[hil-bil-ee] /ˈhɪlˌbɪl i/
noun, plural hillbillies.
Often Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a person from a backwoods or other remote area, especially from the mountains of the southern U.S. (sometimes used facetiously).
of, like, or pertaining to hillbillies:
hillbilly humor.
1895-1900, Americanism; hill + Billy
Usage note
Hillbilly is often used with disparaging intent, implying that a person who lives far away from a town or city lacks culture or education. However, this term can also be used in a humorous way without intent to offend. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hill-billy


noun (pl) -lies
generally (derogatory) an unsophisticated person, esp from the mountainous areas in the southeastern US
another name for country and western
Word Origin
C20: from hill + Billy (the nickname)
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Word Origin and History for hill-billy
"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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Slang definitions & phrases for hill-billy


  1. : hillbilly music/ hillbilly crafts
  2. Countrified; unsophisticated; hick: This ain't no hillbilly joint. We got some class here
  1. A southern Appalachian hill dweller •Regarded as offensive by some (1900+)
  2. A country bumpkin

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