n A clumsy, unsophisticated person from the country. Thathayseed thinks a fox is some kind of forest animal. 1850s

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  • hayseed — 1570s in the literal sense of grass seed shaken out of hay, from HAY (Cf. hay) + SEED (Cf. seed). In U.S. slang sense of comical rustic it dates from 1875. To have hayseed in (one s) hair was a common mid 19c. way in U.S. to indicate a country… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hayseed — hay seed n. 1. a rural, unsophisticated person; also used in an extended sense for one who is not very intelligent or uninterested in culture. Syn: yokel, rube, hick, yahoo, bumpkin, chawbacon. [WordNet 1.5] 2. Seed from grass, especially that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hayseed — index provincial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hayseed — [n] bumpkin, yokel backwoodsman/woman, boor*, clodhopper*, country boy/girl, country bumpkin, country cousin*, hick*, hillbilly, rustic; concept 413 …   New thesaurus

  • hayseed — [hā′sēd΄] n. 1. grass seed shaken from mown hay 2. bits of chaff and straw from hay ☆ 3. [Slang] former an awkward, unsophisticated person regarded as typical of rural areas; yokel: a somewhat contemptuous term …   English World dictionary

  • hayseed — /ˈheɪsid/ (say hayseed) noun 1. grass seed, especially that shaken out of hay. 2. small bits of the chaff, etc., of hay. 3. Colloquial a countryman or rustic: *Then there was Bert, the gawky, tow headed Australian country boy who had been a real… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hayseed —    A humorous American term for someone who lives in the countryside, far from civilized city life. The word has been in use since at least the late nineteenth century. In the O.Henry short story At Arms with Morpheus ‘you unmitigated hayseed’ is …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • hayseed — noun (plural hayseed or hayseeds) Date: 1577 1. a. seed shattered from hay b. clinging bits of straw or chaff from hay 2. plural hayseeds bumpkin, yokel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hayseed — n. a farmer; a rustic character, usually a male. □ I’m not just some hayseed fresh off the farm. □ It’s hard for these hayseeds to adjust to city life …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hayseed — /hay seed /, n. 1. grass seed, esp. that shaken out of hay. 2. small bits of the chaff, straw, etc., of hay. 3. an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel; hick. [1570 80; HAY + SEED] * * * …   Universalium

  • hayseed — noun a) Seeds from grass that has become hay. b) Cruft from bits of hay that sticks to clothing, etc …   Wiktionary

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