Definitions

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

  • n. Grass seed shaken out of hay.
  • n. Pieces of chaff or straw that fall from hay.
  • n. Slang A bumpkin; a yokel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Seeds from grass that has become hay.
  • n. Cruft from bits of hay that sticks to clothing, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a rural, unsophisticated person; also used in an extended sense for one who is not very intelligent or uninterested in culture.
  • n. Seed from grass, especially that which falls out of hay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Grass-seed.
  • n. The redseed, brit, etc., upon which mackerel, menhaden, and other fish largely feed.
  • n. A countryman; austic.

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

  • n. a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

Etymologies

hay +‎ seed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That was Bubba's darlin 'wife implying that he is some kind of hayseed needing a "gondola" registration.

    License Plates

  • We now see the reason which prompted Evelyn Verne in associating the young lawyer with "hayseed '" It is only shallow sordid natures as hers can indulge in such meanness, but thank heaven the venom has only a momentary sting, a resting place in proportion to the superficial source whence it springs.

    Marguerite Verne

  • I jokingly called Salome a "hayseed" when she emerged from her shelter, for her brown hair was sprinkled with wisps of straw.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone

  • The stranger often took him for a "hayseed," but on further acquaintance opened his mouth in astonishment, for Soc.

    Keeping up with Lizzie

  • Obvioulsy some hayseed like you spends little time in big cities, .. where all nationalities are spoofed.

    Florida Python Cast & Blast

  • This means that some hayseed can put an arrow into anything with a crossbow – which can be a very painful death, if you don't know WHERE to shoot.

    Wrap Bait Fillets on Flatfish Plugs to Catch More Salmon and Smallmouth

  • We'd originally written the Troy character as more of a hayseed, typical jock type.

    Community service: the show that unites Chevy Chase and Childish Gambino

  • He arrived in the City of Light in 1844, a hayseed who instantly awed the sophisticates.

    For Love of Laissez-Faire

  • Here's a big rube comin 'along, hayseed stickin' out all over, hands like hams an 'feet like Mississippi gunboats.

    CHAPTER XI

  • Henry Skrimshander is a skinny 17-year-old hayseed who can't get around on a high fastball, but he is a Roy Hobbsian natural with the glove.

    Call Me Safe, Ishmael

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