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
A mexican, usually wielding a vacuum. The vacuum must be a Hoover.
The Hoosiers work at Chipotle.
by Puddin' August 17, 2006
smart hill-billy kicked out of kentucky, we were making them look bad
you ever been to kentucky?
There appears to be some confusion with this definition. The term "Hoosier" does in fact include West County. A proper definition of "hoosier" is anyone who lives west of 270 or south of Clayton Road. Basically if you dont live in Clayton, U-City, Ladue, or North County, you are a hoosier. Sorry Chesterfield, you guys are big hoosiers.
I went to parkway-somthing and am a hoosier.
by Claytonite March 20, 2005
southern hick
That girl is such a hoosier
by Christina August 10, 2003
a hilbilly from indiana. they got that name cuz the hilbillys in indiana are always fighting with each other and occasionally they mite get a busted nose or their ear cut off. in the case of the latter, after they were all done fighting, the people would be in the street and find the ear and theyd go "whos ear is this?" and since the rednecks are lazy too, it would just come out like "HOOSIER is this?" HOOSIER
redneck 1 - yea there must have been a lotta fightin out here last nite, look at all this blood

redneck 2 - yea, hey, hoosier is this?
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all hilbillys from indiana are hoosiers
by barbarino July 12, 2005
There appears to be some confusion with this definition. The term "Hoosier" does in fact include West County. A proper definition of "hoosier" is anyone who lives west of 270 or south of Clayton Road. Basically if you dont live in Clayton, U-City, Ladue, or North County, you are a hoosier. Sorry Chesterfield, you guys are big hoosiers. x
I went to parkway-somthing and am a hoosier. x
by Claytonite March 20, 2005
Right... Indiana people sure are hoosiers. Seriously, hoosiers are those damn cowboys in Arkansas. Canadians are not goddam hoosiers.
A hoosier tried to rape my cousin last weekend at the sno cone shop.
by Ftkdb Rdyro July 05, 2003

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