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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person regarded as gullible or provincial: "New Yorkers had a horrid way of making people feel like hicks” ( Louis Auchincloss).
  • adj. Provincial; unsophisticated: a hick town.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An awkward, naive, clumsy and/or rude country person.
  • v. to hiccup

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. rural. Opposite of urban.
  • adj. characteristic of rural people, especially those not knowledgeable about matters outside their locality.
  • n. A person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture; a hayseed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hop; spring.
  • See hic.
  • n. A countryman: used like hodge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
  • adj. awkwardly simple and provincial

Etymologies

After Hick, a nickname for Richard, from Middle English Hikke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Hick, like Rick and Dick short for Richard. compare hillbilly (Wiktionary)
Onomatopoeia. (Wiktionary)

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