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
who fucking knows? somebody from Indiana.
1: what in the fuck is a hoosier?
2: I think we'll be alright if we never find out.
by #34 July 19, 2004
a very long time ago, there was a man named HOOSA (who-za), he ran the docks on the Ohio River. He only liked to hire folks from indiana to work, because he thought that they worked hard. they became known as Hoosa's men, then just Hoosa(s), then Hoosiers, their are many definition's as i have read, but this seems to be the one that alot of the older people in indiana seem to know, other than that: GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!!! as far as what the canadians say that would be HOSER, HOSE-ER, not Hoosier
Basketball may have been born in Springfield, Mass. But, it moved to BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA to grow up
A term given to the male ejaculatory fluid known as semen.
I am going to blow my hoosier on your face.
by Pete12345678 October 12, 2007
Mascot of the best college in the nation - Indiana University. Home of the greatest basketball program in history. Go HOOSIERS!
Also, a nickname for residents of Indiana. People who live in Indiana are called Hoosiers (notice they are not called Boilermakers - mascot of Indiana's rival, Purdue University, which is sucks at life & everything else.)
The Indiana Hoosiers are the best basketball team in the nation.
by Sashlee August 20, 2007
Hoosiers can often be found walking like they have corn cobs up their butt, or like they have been riding horses all day. They are from hillbilly areas like St. Charles, MO, and have a general lack of respect for social decencies: nose-picking, drunken car stealing, having excessively hairy chests, and gambling in public.

They are very picky eaters.
Ryan Green is the biggest hoosier anyone has ever seen. "Narrr, I hate Taka."
by Adam C. Brown August 14, 2006
a word people from west county(the richest, most prestigious part of st.louis) call someone not from west county...who wear camoflouge,are poor,have no education,work @ a low income place...sick
west county girl 1: OMGOSH SICKKKK! look @ that fucking hoosier...ummm camoflauge overalls and a pickup truck...
west county girl 2: sick i fucking know...lets LEAVE RIGHT NOW
by RiCh WeSt CouNTy GiRl September 08, 2004
a redneck, can be shortened to hoos (pronounced hoozh).
You don't have to be from Indiana to be a hoosier, but everyone from Indiana just happens to be one.
by Nick D April 04, 2003

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