hillbilly

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From hill +‎ Billy

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hillbilly ‎(plural hillbillies)

  1. (often pejorative) Someone who is from the hills; especially from a rural area, with a connotation of a lack of refinement or sophistication.
  2. A white person from the rural southern part of the United States, especially the Southeastern states.

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hillbilly ‎(third-person singular simple present hillbillies, present participle hillbillying, simple past and past participle hillbillied)

  1. To emphasize one's rural or humble upbringing; to use unsophisticated charm.
    • 1991, The Commonwealth Review - Volume 3, page 189:
      Hillbillying troubadors, the bohemians of a new world, not cafe society but more like the poor white origins of an Elvis Presley.
    • 2002 April 1, Marie Brenner, “The Enron Wars”, Vanity Fair:
      Like Ken Lay, [Rebecca] Mark came from a small town in Missouri, one of four children in a farm family with deep fundamentalist beliefs. Her conversational style has been polished in Texas, and she is a master of “hillbillying,” the trick of playing up one’s humble origins.
    • 2004 April 30, Lesley Stahl, “Hardball”, MSNBC:
      And Kerry doesn’t know how to hillbilly. And it is not a Texas thing, by the way. John F. Kennedy used to hillbilly us. And that meant that he flirted with us. He had a twinkle. Bill Clinton hillbillied us. And Kerry has got to learn how to do that. He has got to dial back and show some relaxed affability.
  2. To portray or act as an uneducated and unsophisticated fool.
    • 2001, The New York Times Biographical Service, Volume 32, page 1540:
      I think that 20 to 30 years ago nonfundamentalists in America did make a great mistake by typing them, by hillbillying and backwoodsing and holy-rollering them.
    • 2006, Laurel Snyder, Half/life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes, ISBN 1933368241, page 25:
      God damned mother fuckin son of a bitch cock suckin' asshole, who the fuck does he think he is, that dumb ass, half-brained, hillbillied redneck, given me that Jew shit when he's coppin' money and nobody's got the balls to stand up to him and they're gonna let me take the rap?
    • 2008, Tim Hollis, Ain't That a Knee-Slapper, ISBN 1604739533, page 125:
      The Warner Bros. cartoons, after having hillbillied themselves nearly to death during the 1930s, did not return to the trend during the late 1940s.

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