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[hoo-zher] /ˈhu ʒər/

a native or inhabitant of Indiana (used as a nickname).
(usually lowercase) any awkward, unsophisticated person, especially a rustic.
(US) a native or inhabitant of Indiana

“native or resident of Indiana,” by c.1830, American English, of unknown origin; fanciful explanations were printed in 1830s newspapers. Said to have been first printed Jan. 1, 1833, in the “Indianapolis Journal,” in a poem, “The Hoosiers Nest,” by John Finely, which poem was said to have been written in 1830 [“The Word Hoosier,” “Indiana Historical Society Publications,” vol. IV, No. 2, 1907], and to have been in oral use from late 1820s. Seemingly it originated among Ohio River boatmen; perhaps related to English dialectal (Cumberland) hoozer, used of anything unusually large [Barnhart]. For other theories, see the above quoted source.


[origin uncertain; perhaps related to southern Appalachian hoozer, ”anything unusually large, humdinger”]


A native or resident of Indiana (1826+)


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