yokel

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Etymology[edit]

1812, possibly dialectical German Jokel, diminutive of Jakob; alternatively, from dialectal English yokel (woodpecker).[1]

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Noun[edit]

yokel (plural yokels)

  1. (pejorative) An unsophisticated person.
  2. A person of rural background.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ yokel” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).