yokels

yokel

[yoh-kuhl]
noun
a rustic; a country bumpkin.

Origin:
1805–15; origin uncertain

yokelish, adjective
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yokel (ˈjəʊkəl)
 
n
derogatory (used chiefly by townspeople) a person who lives in the country, esp one who appears to be simple and old-fashioned
 
[C19: perhaps from dialect yokel green woodpecker, yellowhammer]
 
'yokelish
 
adj

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yokel
1812, perhaps from dial. Ger. Jokel, disparaging name for a farmer, originally dim. of Jakob. Or perhaps from Eng. yokel, dialectal name for "woodpecker."
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