1. (US, also hooshier) a native of Indiana.
|in Chicago Trib. 2 June 1949 20/3: The Indiana hoosiers that came out last fall is settled from 2 to 4 milds of us [DA].|
|Eve. Star (N.Y.) 3 Oct. 2/2: The meaning of the word Hoosier, the name of Gov. Ray’s newspaper, in Indiana, is a corruption of Hussar; derived from the pronunciation of a person appointed to command a company of Hussars during the late war, enlisting them under the name of Hoosier – which is the common name applied to the people of Indiana.|
|Public Ledger (Phila.) 14 Oct. n.p.: The Illinoisans are called Suckers, the inhabitants of Indiana Hooshiers, and those of Ohio Buckeyes.|
|Cincinnati Chronicle 26 Aug. n.p.: People in the Atlantic States know as little about the high and beating heart of the Mississippi Valley, as we Buck-eyes, Corn-crackers, and Hooshiers do about Nova Zembla.|
|Drama in Pokerville 197: None of them ‘cotton’d’ to him more kindly than an elderly ‘hoosier,’ from the innermost depths of Indiana.|
|N.Y. by Gas-Light (1990) 170: The Hoosier of the Mississippi.|
|City of the Saints 165: A Hoosier (native of Indiana) was called upon the stand [etc.].|
|Hoosier Mosaics 7: I was seeking a foreign appointment through the influence of my fellow Hoosier, the late Vice President of the United States.|
|Camps in the Rockies 60: The fellow was a Hoosier (native of Indiana).|
|Herald (Los Angeles) 13 Feb. 3/2: [headline] Hard on the Hoosiers. Indiana Suffers Severely From the Effects of the Blizzard.|
|Guthrie Daily Leader (OK) 17 May 3/1: [headline] Hoosiers to Meet. Indiana People in Oklahoma Prepare for Annual Talk.|
|Breckinridge News (Cloverport, KY) 19 Aug. 6/2: [headline]Many Hoosiers Stranded. Indiana Tourists in Europe Cut off from Home Folks.|
|Eve. Herald (Albuquerque, NM) 23 Apr. 4/5: [headline] Indiana Picnic — Hoosiers Attention!|
|USA Confidential 136: In Indiana that often means pro-gangster. The drab, amoebic Hoosiers are particularly susceptible to this national epidemic.|
|Old Liberty (1962) 166: He is a Hoosier.|
|You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 337: ‘I’m from Cooverville, Indiana.’ [...] ‘Goddamn Hoosier’.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 77: I get the feeling these Indiana Hoosiers are both farmboys at heart.|
2. (US, also hooshier, hosier, hoozier) a peasant, a rustic simpleton.
|Picking from N.O. Picayune 46: An original character is your genuine hoosier. By genuine we mean one [...] whose manners have suffered neither change nor modification by connexion or association of men of more conventional habits, one who [...] has no other culture than that bestowed on him by nature.|
|Weekly Nashville Union XIII Oct. in Inge (1967) 67: They were as nice a pair of spectacles – no specimens – of the genus Hoozier, as you could wish to look at.‘There’s Danger in Old Chairs!’|
|Eng. Traits 27: I found abundant points of resemblance between the Germans [...] and our ‘Hoosiers,’ ‘Suckers,’ and ‘Badgers,’ of the American woods.|
|N.-Y. After Dark 15: But where is he, or she, corncracker, hoosier, Egyptian, Johnny, Yank.|
|Outing (NY) Nov. 152/2: Oh, say, papa. Did you notice that young Hoosier and his bride who sat opposite me at breakfast?|
|Gentleman from Indiana 125: I only wanted to say me and you certainly did fool these here Hoosiers this morning, huh?|
|Powers That Prey 11: If my town’s tough it’s you hoosiers that come down here an’ turn yourselves loose an’ make it so.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 40: ‘A Frog is a Reptile,’ said the Hoosier.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 222: At daylight the next morning the hoosiers drag him out and he thinks they’re goin’ to lynch him.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 66: They were an infuriated gang of hooziers.|
|Rough Stuff 72: He ripped out a .38 gun, and says ‘Get back all you bunch of hosiers,’ meaning farmers or simple scum.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 47: Running about in these overalls like a damned Hoosier.|
|Wabash 187: Dunn, the historian [...] says that ‘hoosier’ was a slang word once used in the South to denote a ‘jay’ or ‘hayseed’.|
|In For Life 69: It takes the rank ‘hoosier’ [...] to ask foolish, personal questions.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 18: You didn’t let a hoosier off with a fair price.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 273: He personally viewed everyone out of prison as peapickers, hoosiers, hayseeds, or clodhoppers.|
|(con. 1970s) Donnie Brasco (2006) 358: Tell Tony bring a tie and a shirt. Not dress like a fucking Hoosier from Pennsylvania.|
|(con. 1930s) Addicts Who Survived 100: Lucky used to sell to the hoosiers.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 158: The hollys were Hoosiers. The Hollys had Klan ties.|
3. (US Und.) a gullible person.
|Arts and Miseries of Gambling 75: A gambler got to playing with a man whom he mistook for a green Hoosier, that knew nothing of playing scientifically.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Hoosier, the hold-up victim.|
|Men of the Und. 322: Hoosier, A credulous person.|
4. (US tramp) a ‘farmer’.
|Tramping with Tramps 153: Well, you old hoosier, you, can you gimme some apple-butter? [Ibid.] 394: Everybody who does not know the world as the hobo knows it is to him a ‘farmer,’ ‘hoosier,’ or outsider.|
5. (US) an amateur, novice or incompetent.
|Wildfowl 144: ‘Greenhorns’ and hoosiers as the regular hunters call such fellows [...] always commence to cry, ‘Down! down! here comes a duck.’ [DAE].|
|Amer. Mercury Jan. 64/2: The word hoosier is applied to anyone who is incompetent [DA].|
|Und. and Prison Sl. 45: hoosier, n. A simple, loutish person who is not knowing in underworld ways and who is likely to be a rat; any person in disfavor with the speaker. This most common of underworld epithets has no reference to Indiana.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 203: Why plan at all? Why not just blunder about [...] like the rest of the chumps and hoosiers?|
|Little Men, Big World 24: Parlays are for hoosiers.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 804: hoosier – An inefficient worker.|
6. (US Und.) a local small-town police officer.
|Wash. Post 11 Nov. Miscellany 3/6: The ‘hoosier with bushes and a tin’ which is a running description of a ‘country bull’ or Constable.|
7. (US prison) a prison visitor.
|AS VI:6 439: hoosier, n. An outsider; a prison visitor.‘Convicts’ Jargon’ in|
|Amer. Lang. (4th edn) 580: In virtually all American prisons [...] visiting day is the big day, a prison visitor is a hoosier.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
see under fiend n.
(US tramp) to act like a simpleton.
|(con. 1920s–40s) in Rebel Voices.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 116: I knew I’d begged a copper. My only hope was to hoosier up and make him think I was a green punk that didn’t know the score.|