- an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube.
- pertaining to or characteristic of hicks: hick ideas.
- located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area: a hick town.
- a country person; bumpkin
- (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)]