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Indiana definition (most common and nationally recognized definition): 1. A native or inhabitant of Indiana (taken from Oxford American Dictionary). 2. An alumnus or student of Indiana University. Also "Hoosiers": Indiana University sports teams. Note: The Indiana University Basketball team is sometimes referred to as “the Hurryin’ Hoosiers.”

St. Louis Definition (regional slang term): Generally means redneck, hick, or someone from Missouri outside of St. Louis or certain areas of St. Louis.

The word itself and its most common definition have its origins in the state of Indiana (also known as the Hoosier State), though the word has taken on regional meanings outside of Indiana, most commonly in and around the St. Louis, MO area. However, even the St. Louis definition can trace its origins to Indiana and Indiana natives transplanted to the St. Louis area.

There are other definitions on Urban Dictionary that outline the St. Louis definition of the word Hoosier in some detail and the better ones include a history of the word. I won’t go through those definitions again, but I would like to point out, as I did above, that if you look at the origins of the St. Louis meaning you will see that this word, as used in St. Louis, also has its roots in Indiana.

Also, contrary to other definitions listed here, Indiana University has no mascot -- there is no “Indiana Hoosier.”

The following is from the July/August 1992 issue of the Indiana Alumni Magazine:

Still, the many theories are fascinating in their diversity. Take the one that has a contractor in 1825 named either Samuel Hoosier or Hoosher. His workers, who helped build a canal on the Ohio River, were predominantly from Indiana. They were called "Hoosier's men" or "Hoosiers."

A more colorful tale has the word deriving from the phrase fearful early settlers called out when startled by a knock on their cabin door: "Who's here?" — a call that over time degenerated into Hoosier.

And then there's the tongue-in-cheek explanation of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, who related the term to the roughness and ferocity of the state's early residents. Hoosier pioneers fought so violently, Riley contended, that noses were bitten off and eyes jabbed out during these brawls. Hoosier, said Riley, descends from the question posed by a stranger after entering a southern Indiana tavern and pushing a piece of human flesh with his boot toe: "Who's ear?"

Not nearly so clever but perhaps more plausible is the suggestion by Peckham and others that the term may derive from "hoozer" — a word that in the Cumberland dialect of Old England means "high hills."

"By extension, it was attached to a hill-dweller or highlander and came to suggest roughness and uncouthness," Peckham states. "Thus, throughout the Southeast in the eighteenth century, 'Hoosier' was used generally to describe a backwoodsman, especially an ignorant boaster, with an overtone of crudeness and even lawlessness."

That theory has won the most favor from Warren Roberts, MA'50, PhD'53, an IUB folklore professor who has shown how family surnames may have brought this form of Hoosier from Britain to its Midwest resting place.

Whatever its origin, historians agree that the nickname for Indiana residents was popularized in the 1800s by novels such as Edward Eggleston's The Hoosier School-Master, by Riley's poetry, and by newspaper articles that used it. As a result, although its historical roots may never be discovered, Hoosier is perhaps the most widely recognized state nickname. But even this modern meaning is ambiguous, and the word's use ranges from complimentary to derisive, depending on who is using it.

Indiana Examples: 1. Joe is from Indiana; he’s a Hoosier like us. 2. I was a Hoosier in college; I went to Indiana University. 3. Did you see that the Hoosiers made it to a bowl game this year in football?

St. Louis Example: Did you see the gun-rack in Craig's pick-up? He's such a hoosier.
by Soldier_Dude December 28, 2007
 
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Refers to a person from the state of Indiana. Most people including Hoosiers themselves don’t even know how the term originated. Early folklore suggests it originated from early settlers who said “who’s yer” when answering their door. Another theory states that it came from early fierce rivermen called “hushers” who would “hush” or silence their adversaries. By the early 1800s "hoosier" was widely used in Indiana to refer to poor farmers or ignorant, rustic people in general. It is one of the most well-known of state nicknames. True, there are Buckeyes of Ohio and the Tarheels of North Carolina, but none has had the popular usage accorded Hoosier.

The culture of Hoosiers is conservative, laid-back and may seem like hicks by persons from either coast, but not anymore backwards than anywhere else. They are an average folk in America’s heartland who live in small towns, sizeable communities and their suburbs. Hoosiers are known for their deep love for basketball, but only at the high school and college level, despite having an NBA team (Pacers). It is practically a religion, especially at tournament time. The RCA Dome in Indianapolis fills to capacity as high school teams compete in the state’s basketball tournaments. Hoosiers are often divided in loyalty between the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers. The term “Hoosier Hysteria” describes the state’s love for basketball and was depicted in the movie Hoosiers. Auto racing is also big for Hoosiers and actually brings in more dollars than basketball. The Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 are held in Indianapolis and are the world’s two largest single-day sporting events. Hoosier dialect is diverse but may sound a bit southern to those from the upper Great Lakes, but not as distinct as Kentucky. Some with a southern draw live in and around the Indianapolis area and most points south. Hoosier culture, as of lately, has become famous for:

1. Complaining about your state of
Indiana rather than getting off your fat, lazy ass and doing something to
make it better.
2. Complaining about absolutely
everything, even the good that will
benefit their state.
3. Ignorantly complaining their state is the worst while not realizing it is average; some states are worse
and some are better.
4. Ignorantly complaining of the
alleged “lack of jobs,” while not
realizing it has faired better than
other regional states.
5. Refusing to adapt to change even for the better.
6. Ignorantly complaining about the alleged “lack of jobs” while also
complaining when a corporation wants
to expand in the state.
7. Blaming the good Governor for
everything, even the good.
8. Blaming the Governor for your
personal shortcomings.
9. Blaming the Legislature for your shortcomings.
10. Complaining about the poor quality of roads while also complaining
about road construction to improve
them.
Hoosiers are good people but constant whiners who act like they have no life.
by krock1dk December 02, 2007
 
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in st. louis, mo this term refers to a redneck or hillbilly, so basically most of the white people. outside of stl, hoosier is not widely recognized to have this definition. this confuses outsiders greatly when visiting the city.
Jesus h crist, jon is such a goddamn hoosier! did you see him chewing that tobacco? what a nasty bitch!
by elizkitten January 05, 2004
 
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A native of Indiana that would otherwise be described as a hick. Tends to be very provincial, viewing Indiana as the center of the universe, while reflecting the interests, habits, and dialect of working class people of the state. Politically conservative.
Jim Bob, from Seymour Indiana, is a proud Hoosier who drives a pickup truck with an American Flag waving from it, loves auto racing and basketball, wears a mullet, uses words such as "aint" or "y'all", and considers people from a large city such as New York or Chicago as being weird, un-American big city slickers.
by RMK1 July 14, 2006
 
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Someone that is not current in social circumstances or attire. This person is in the middle between farm raised and white trash (WT). This person is friendly and would not try and hurt others, unlike WT.
Sam drives a camaro, he wheres flannel shirts, and has a mullet.

by John Rhine June 07, 2003
 
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Is anyone who is less sophisticated than you.

Origin. Dates back to the 1860's when Pro-South Baptist Indianans moved to St. Louis County and fought Abolitionist German Catholics in a number of battles during the Civil War. Most of the City was Pro-Union and refered to Southern sympathizing County residents as Hoosiers.

Non St. Louis examples are found in the David Mamet penned remake of "We're no Angels" starring Sean Penn and Robt. DeNiro. Penn's Character says... "I look like a Hoosier or something." Also in Joseph Pistones Autobiographical "Donnie Brasco," Sonny Black uses Hoosier as an epithet.
For example if I were an eighth grade graduate then I would think that all those who dropped out in seventh grade were Hoosiers. If I wore a mullet all those with rat tails would be Hoosiers.

Also used in the common quip... "Hoosier daddy," as a joke on someones questionable paternity.

I have a masters degree and live in Portland, OR. To me those folks who live in West County, Clayton, U-City and Ladue that only have Bachelors degrees are Hoosiers
by Jason Garrett Hitzert July 29, 2005
 
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Derived from the banks of the Ohio river, especially in southern Indiana, when people would (knife) fight and someone would lose an ear (def. 1).
Drunk Observer: "Hey, Ya'll, who's ear (hoosier)."
My German Uncle in Christmas Mass: "Alex, stop chewing gum in church like a Hoosier!"
by bocephus2 March 18, 2008
 
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what ppl from west county (the wealthest part of st. louis) consider anyone not from west county, meaning any middle or lower class person. also known as a redneck or white trash.
(at plaza frontenac)
girl 1: wow look at that hoosier
girl 2: yeah i mean who wears overalls and drives a pickup?
by west county girl August 16, 2004