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Definition of "hayseed" [hay•seed]

  • Grass seed shaken out of hay. (noun)
  • Pieces of chaff or straw that fall from hay. (noun)
  • Slang A bumpkin; a yokel. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hayseed" in a sentence
  • "That was Bubba's darlin 'wife implying that he is some kind of hayseed needing a "gondola" registration."
  • "We now see the reason which prompted Evelyn Verne in associating the young lawyer with "hayseed '" It is only shallow sordid natures as hers can indulge in such meanness, but thank heaven the venom has only a momentary sting, a resting place in proportion to the superficial source whence it springs."
  • "I jokingly called Salome a "hayseed" when she emerged from her shelter, for her brown hair was sprinkled with wisps of straw."