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[hil-bil-ee] /ˈhɪlˌbɪl i/ Often Disparaging and Offensive.

noun, plural hillbillies.
a term used to refer to a person from a backwoods or other remote area, especially from the mountains of the southern U.S. (sometimes used facetiously).
of, like, or relating to hillbillies:
hillbilly humor.
noun (pl) -lies
generally (derogatory) an unsophisticated person, esp from the mountainous areas in the southeastern US
another name for country and western

“southern Appalachian U.S. resident,” by 1892, from hill + masc. proper name Billy/Billie.

Then again, I do not think It will do so well. I would hate to see some old railroad man come here and take my job, and then, I don t think It is right to hire some Hill Billy and give him the same right as I just because he was hired the same time I was. [“The Railroad Trainmen’s Journal,” vol. IX, July 1892]

In short, a Hill-Billie is a free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires of his revolver as the fancy takes him. [“New York Journal,” April 23, 1900]

In reference to a type of folk music, first attested 1924.




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  • Hill-climb

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  • Hill country

    noun 1. (NZ) (in North Island) elevated pasture land for sheep or cattle

  • Hillcrest-heights

    [hil-krest] /ˈhɪlˌkrɛst/ noun 1. a city in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

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