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[klod-hop-er] /ˈklɒdˌhɒp ər/
a clumsy boor; rustic; bumpkin.
clodhoppers, strong, heavy shoes.
Origin of clodhopper
1680-90; clod + hopper, modeled on grasshopper
1. hick, yokel, lout, hayseed, lummox. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every negro type was there, from the genteel butler to the clodhopper from the cotton and rice fields.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • You think you are the man of talent and I am the clodhopper.

  • What if she should think me a clown and a clodhopper, as Tom Tracy does?

    Gretchen Mary J. Holmes
  • His clodhopper of a father sold firewood to the sweet mother of me!

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • You mean that clodhopper with the tight-fitting hand-me-down in the seat behind usyesterday?

    The Ranchman Charles Alden Seltzer
  • But the British officers were scornful of their clodhopper besiegers.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
  • The clodhopper exercises, or is to exercise, his share of the power equally with the highest nobleman.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • But it is obvious that the paviour in a field hops the clod; that the clodhopper in a street paces the pavé.

  • His red but shining eyes hinted that Milt was a clodhopper and no honest wearer of evening clothes.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • And a later Latin writer speaks of the farmer who does not plough thoroughly as one who becomes a mere "clodhopper."

British Dictionary definitions for clodhopper


noun (informal)
a clumsy person; lout
(usually pl) a large heavy shoe or boot
Derived Forms
clodhopping, adjective
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Word Origin and History for clodhopper

1690s, slang, "one who works on plowed land, a rustic," from clod (n.) + agent noun from hop (v.). Cf. in a similar sense clod-breaker, clod-crusher; in this word perhaps a play on grasshopper. Sense extended by 1836 to the shoes worn by such workers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clodhopper



  1. A farmer; rustic; shitkicker • Originally a plowman (1690+)
  2. An old vehicle, suitable for only short passages; clunker, jalopy (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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