Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hoosier n.

[ety. unknown; the suggestion of Cumbrian dial. hoozer, something large of its kind is not backed up by US use (a substantial discussion of possible ety. can be found at http://]

1. [19C+] (US, also hooshier) a native of Indiana.

2. [19C+] (US, also hooshier, hosier, hoozier) a peasant, a rustic simpleton.

3. [mid-19C+] (US Und.) a gullible person.

4. [late 19C+] (US tramp) a ‘farmer’.

5. [late 19C+] (US) an amateur, novice or incompetent.

6. [1910s] (US Und.) a local small-town police officer.

7. [1930s–40s] (US prison) a prison visitor.

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In phrases

hoosier up (v.)

[1920s] (US tramp) to act like a simpleton.