noun (plural hillbillies)North American
- 1 • informal , chiefly • derogatory An unsophisticated country person, as associated originally with the remote regions of the Appalachians.More example sentences
- When we want to go to Appalachia and take photos of the hillbillies, we don't hire Hollywood actors, because that just wouldn't cut it.
- In fact, hillbillies themselves were the first to capitalize commercially on the hillbilly mystique.
- It's inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies and hazy memories.
- 2 old-fashioned term for country music. [as modifier]: he played sweet hillbilly guitarMore example sentences
- In the winter of 1940, a twenty-seven-year-old hillbilly singer named Woody Guthrie headed east to New York City.
- Now and again, his voice lifts like a hillbilly choir or a candlelit revival presided over by David Crosby.
- This time around, the focus is on gospel-based material rather than bluegrass and hillbilly music.
early 20th century: from hill + Billy (pet form of the given name William).
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