From Dutch boomken (“shrub, little tree”), equivalent to boom + -kin. Note that the English word boom is etymologically related to the aforementioned in the sense of "large stem", or "big tree". Compare German Baumke, Bäumchen.
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bumpkin (plural bumpkins)
- a yokel
- a clumsy, unsophisticated person;
- (nautical) a short boom or spar used to extend a sail or secure a stay