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1812, perhaps from dialectal German Jokel, disparaging name for a farmer, originally diminutive of Jakob. Or perhaps from English yokel, dialectal name for "woodpecker."
A rural person; a bumpkin; hayseed, hick
[1812+; perhaps fr a dialect name for a woodpecker, hence semantically similar to British dialect gowk, ''cuckoo, simpleton'']