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yokel

[yoh-kuh l] /ˈyoʊ kəl/
noun
1.
a rustic; a country bumpkin.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
yokelish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for yokels

yokel

/ˈjəʊkəl/
noun
1.
(derogatory) (used chiefly by townspeople) a person who lives in the country, esp one who appears to be simple and old-fashioned
Derived Forms
yokelish, adjective
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from dialect yokel green woodpecker, yellowhammer
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Word Origin and History for yokels

yokel

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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Slang definitions & phrases for yokels

yokel

noun

A rural person; a bumpkin; hayseed, hick

Related Terms

local yokel

[1812+; perhaps fr a dialect name for a woodpecker, hence semantically similar to British dialect gowk, ''cuckoo, simpleton'']


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