Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rustic; a bumpkin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rustic or countryman; especially, a country bumpkin.
  • noun Same as hickwall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun engraving A country bumpkin.

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  • noun pejorative An unsophisticated person.
  • noun A person of rural background.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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1812, possibly dialectical German Jokel, diminutive of Jakob; alternatively, from dialectal English yokel ("woodpecker").

Examples

  • -- A San Diego talk-show yokel is offering $1,000 to anyone who will out a NAMBLA member.

    Make It Stop

  • -- A San Diego talk-show yokel is offering $1,000 to anyone who will out a NAMBLA member.

    February 2005

  • ‘And, translating the word yokel for the benefit of the ladies, I apprehend your meaning to be, that this attempt was not made by a countryman?’ said Mr. Losberne, with a smile.

    Oliver Twist

  • 'And, translating the word yokel for the benefit of the ladies, I apprehend your meaning to be, that this attempt was not made by a countryman?' said Mr. Losberne, with a smile.

    Oliver Twist

  • "And, translating the word yokel for the benefit of the ladies, I apprehend your meaning to be, that this attempt was not made by a countryman?" said Mr. Losberne, with a smile.

    Oliver Twist

  • The yokel was a year or two older, was taller, and stones heavier.

    Acton's Feud A Public School Story

  • This leads Don to discuss his father's unfortunate death by horse, his Uncle Mac, and the idea that he is a "yokel" who can tall rats from mice because of his days on the farm.

    Mad Men Episode Recap: "The Suitcase"

  • Hick Day! lol Everyone has to come dressed like a country yokel which is ironic because it's a country kind of town so we generally have a lot of people dressing like farmers already.

    super-suzan Diary Entry

  • Now "yokel" stung, for Barnabas remembered his blunt-toed boots, therefore he smiled with lips suddenly grim, and his politeness grew almost aggressive.

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • Timothy is a stolid, unemotional kind of yokel, and, once having ascertained that the object was a woman's body in a blue dress with white facings, he quietly stooped and tried to lift it out of the mud.

    Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

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