American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An awkward, unsophisticated person; a yokel.
- n. A short spar projecting from the deck of a ship, used to extend a sail or secure a block or stay.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bumkin.
- n. An awkward, clumsy rustic; a clown or country lout.
- n. a yokel
- n. a clumsy, unsophisticated person;
- n. nautical a short boom or spar used to extend a sail or secure a stay
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An awkward, heavy country fellow; a clown; a country lout.
- n. a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
- From Dutch boomken ("shrub, little tree"), diminutive of boom ("tree") (compare beam). Compare German Baumke or Bäumchen , meaning the same (German -ke, -chen, Dutch -ken). Note that the English word boom is etymologically related to the aforementioned in the sense of "large stem", or "big tree". (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from Flemish boomken, shrub, diminutive of boom, tree; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots or from Middle Dutch bommekijn, diminutive of bomme, barrel.Probably from Dutch boomken, diminutive of boom, tree; see boom2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This bumpkin is as dumb as Palin, M. Sanford, Limbaugh el al”
“Dr. Johnson, however, strangely enough deduces the word bumpkin from bump; but what if it should prove to be a corruption of bumbard, or bombard: in low Latin, bombardus, a great gun, and from thence applied to a large flagon, or full glass.”
“If being a bumpkin were his only fault, one could excuse his ignorance.”
“Hence a bumping lass is a large girl of her age, and a bumpkin is a large-limbed, uncivilized rustic; the idea of grossness of size entering into the idea of a country bumpkin, as well as that of unpolished rudeness.”
“Hamels, who owns the best changeup this side of, well, Jamie Moyer, is just one of a multitude of weapons that can be deployed by manager Charlie Manuel, who will never again be called a bumpkin after masterminding just the second title in 125 years by the Phillies.”
“LOL! i'm tellin 'ya! .. she meows and her lip (do cats have lips?) gets stuck where her tooth is missing and it makes the "Thank you, thank you very much" look on her! ... i've been calling her "bumpkin" for losing the tooth! .. heeheee!”
“So how did this gangly, awkward and reserved country "bumpkin" entering the stage with one purpose in mind -- saving the nation -- make it happen?”
“Look, you think I'm some kind of bumpkin fool, don't you?”
“-- The term "bumpkin" is of Dutch origin, taken from the word”
“Spartan savage," nor a "bumpkin" either, but he knew very well Spartans might expect scant courtesy in Athens, so he said nothing, but he rose from his corner at once and, telling the children to follow, started after the crowd.”
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