yokel


yokel

noun Informal

  1. an unsophisticated person from a rural area; a country bumpkin.

noun

  1. derogatory (used chiefly by townspeople) a person who lives in the country, esp one who appears to be simple and old-fashioned

n.1812, perhaps from dialectal German Jokel, disparaging name for a farmer, originally diminutive of Jakob. Or perhaps from English yokel, dialectal name for “woodpecker.”

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