This page is about the slang term hick

American English offensive!


a rural person regarded as uneducated and mentally slow (n.) | provincial or rural (adj.)

For example

  • Billy Bob's hick relatives are here from their farm in the mountains. They came in their pick-up truck with their dogs and their guns.

  • When our car broke down, we were stuck in this hick town in the middle of nowhere for days. It was weird!

This is often regarded as an offensive term, so you need to be careful when using it.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Jimmy sounds like a typical hick from

a. a backwoods farming community

b. a black neighbourhood in a big city

c. a wealthy, exclusive suburb

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Contributor: Matt Errey