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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a yokel
  • n. a clumsy, unsophisticated person;
  • n. a short boom or spar used to extend a sail or secure a stay

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An awkward, heavy country fellow; a clown; a country lout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as bumkin.
  • n. An awkward, clumsy rustic; a clown or country lout.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

Etymologies

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)
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)

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