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hayseed

Definition:

a person who isn't very intelligent or interested in culture

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

hayseeds

Type of:

rustic » commoner » person » organism

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

boomkin | bumkin | bumpkin | chawbacon | cornball | country bumpkin | hick | rube | yahoo | yokel | culchie [informal, Ireland] | shitkicker [obscenity]

Etymology:

hay + seed
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

hayseed

seeds or fragments of grass or straw | [United States, Canadian, informal, insulting] a yokel (14 of 250 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hayseed

Merriam-Webster:

hayseed | hayseeds [sense-specific, plural] | bumpkin [synonym, sense-specific] | yokel [synonym, sense-specific] | chawbacon [synonym, sense-specific] | churl [synonym, sense-specific] | clodhopper [synonym, sense-specific] | cornball [synonym, sense-specific] | countryman [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

seed shattered from hay ; clinging bits of straw or chaff from hay | (plural "hayseeds"); "bumpkin", "yokel" (17 of 96 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hayseed

Oxford Dictionary:

hayseed

grass seed obtained from hay. | [informal, North American] : a person from the country, especially one who is simple and unsophisticated (21 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hayseed

Wiktionary:

hayseed | hayseeds [plural]

Seeds from grass that has become hay. | Cruft from bits of hay that sticks to clothing, etc. | [only countable] A rustic person; a yokel or bumpkin. (26 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hayseed

Random House Dictionary:

hayseed

grass seed, especially that shaken out of hay. | small bits of the chaff, straw, etc., of hay. | an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel; ... (25 of 34 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hayseed

New World Dictionary:

hayseed

grass seed shaken from mown hay | bits of chaff and straw from hay | [United States, slang] an awkward, unsophisticated person regarded as typical of ... (24 of 31 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hayseed

American Heritage Dictionary:

hayseed

Grass seed shaken out of hay. | Pieces of chaff or straw that fall from hay. | [slang] A bumpkin; a yokel. (20 of 23 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hayseed

Macmillan British Dictionary:

country bumpkin [countable] | country bumpkins [plural]

a bumpkin (2 of 31 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/country-bumpkin

Cambridge Dictionary:

bumpkin [informal, disapproving] | country bumpkin

a person from the countryside who is considered to be awkward and stupid (13 of 24 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bumpkin

Wikipedia:

Reuben [disambiguation] | Rubén | Rubèn | Ruben

a Biblical male first name. In Spanish Rubén, in Catalan Rubèn, in Dutch, Armenian Ruben. Reuben (Bible) Tribe of Reuben an ancient tribe of Israel | Reuben sandwich | Reuben (band), a British rock band | Reuben (Lilo & Stitch), a character in Lilo &... (42 of 435 words, 48 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Reuben

Encarta Dictionary:

hayseed | hayseeds [plural]

an offensive term that deliberately insults somebody's rural residence or ... | grass seed that is shaken out of hay | pieces of grass or straw that ... (25 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616875​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

hayseed

Origin: hay + seed

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hayseed

hay | hays [plural] | hayed [past tense] | haying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English hey, from Old English hīġ, hīeġ, from Proto-Germanic *hawją (compare West Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu), from *hawwaną 'to hew, cut down'. More at hew.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hay

seed | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English seed, sede, side, from Old English sēd, sǣd ("seed, that which is sown"), from Proto-Germanic *sēdiz ("seed"), from Proto-Indo-European *sētis-, *seh1tis... (23 of 68 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/seed

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

hayseed

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hayseed"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hayseed

Macmillan American Dictionary:

hayseed [countable, United States] | hayseeds [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hayseed"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/hayseed

the Free Dictionary:

hayseed

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "hayseed"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "hayseed"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "hayseed" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/hayseed

Google Dictionary:

hayseed | hayseeds [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hayseed"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=hayseed

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hayseed

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hayseed"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=haysee​01 word=hayseed

YourDictionary Audio:

hayseed

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hayseed" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hayseed

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