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hillbilly n : a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person [syn: bushwhacker]

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Noun

  1. Someone who is from the hills; especially from a rural area, with a connotation of a lack of refinement or sophistication.

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Hillbilly can be a pejorative term referring to people who dwell in remote, rural, mountainous areas usually of the United States. Because of its strongly stereotypical connotations, the term is frequently considered derogatory and is highly offensive to those of Appalachian heritage. However, the term is also often used in celebration of Appalachian heritage such as in the Hillbilly Hot Dog stand photo below.

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References

  • Hillbilly, A Cultural History of an American Icon, by Anthony Harkins
  • Hillbillyland: What the Movies Did to the Mountains & What the Mountains Did to the Movies, by J.W. Williamson
  • Baltimore Psychobilly - Internet radio show featuring hillbilly music
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

backwoodsman, boor, briar-hopper, brush ape, bucolic, bumpkin, bushman, clam digger, clod, clodhopper, clown, country bumpkin, cracker, desert rat, farmer, forester, frontiersman, hayseed, hick, hinterlander, looby, lout, mountain man, mountaineer, piny, redneck, ridge runner, rube, rustic, woodlander, woodman, woodsman, yokel
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