Definition of hillbilly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪlbɪli

noun (plural hillbillies)

North American
  • 1 informal , chiefly • derogatory An unsophisticated country person, as associated originally with the remote regions of the Appalachians.
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    • 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 guitar
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    • 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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