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clodhopper (plural clodhoppers)

  1. A strong shoe for heavy-duty use, a boot.
  2. (US) Any kind of shoe.
  3. (military slang) United States Navy ankle length work shoes, distinct from dress shoes or combat boots.
  4. A peasant or yokel.
    • 1869, Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Lorna Doone, ch. 14:
      'Nephew Jack,' he cried, looking at me when I was thinking what to say, and finding only emptiness, 'you are a heavy lout, sir; a bumpkin, a clodhopper; and I shall leave you nothing, unless it be my boots to grease.'
  5. (UK) Clumsiness associated with wearing large shoes or boots.

Usage notes[edit]

This term mostly occurs in the plural, e.g. “a pair of clodhoppers.”