1. an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.


  1. pertaining to or characteristic of hicks: hick ideas.
  2. located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area: a hick town.


  1. informal
    1. a country person; bumpkin
    2. (as modifier)hick ideas

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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