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[hey-seed] /ˈheɪˌsid/

grass , especially that shaken out of .
small bits of the chaff, straw, etc., of .
an unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel; hick.
seeds or fragments of grass or straw
(US & Canadian, informal, derogatory) a yokel

1570s in the literal sense of “grass seed shaken out of hay,” from hay + seed (n.). In U.S. slang sense of “comical rustic” it dates from 1875. To have hayseed in (one’s) hair was a common mid-19c. way in U.S. to indicate a country person.

The opinion of the court was delivered by Justice Hunt; the chief justice, in whose hair the Ohio hayseed still lingers, delivering a dissenting opinion (etc.) [“The Chronicle,” New York, Nov. 12, 1874]


Rural; provincial: The bad actors perform worse plays in hayseed theaters


(also hayseeder)A farmer; country person: There’s still a lot of hayseed in Senator Chance (1888+)


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