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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjəʊ.kəl/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈjoʊ.kəl/
- Rhymes: -əʊkəl
- Homophone: jokul
yokel (plural yokels)
- (derogatory) A person from or living in the countryside, viewed as being unsophisticated and/or naive.
- Synonyms: boor, bumpkin, country bumpkin, joskin, hillbilly, hick, peasant, provincial, rube, rustic, yahoo
- They love the scenery near their summer home, but have no desire to mix with the local yokels.
- 1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], “Involves a Critical Position”, in Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. […], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, […], →OCLC, page 181:
- “ […] my opinion at once is […] that this [robbery] wasn’t done by a yokel―eh, Duff?”
“Certainly not,” replied Duff.
“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.
- 1993, Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy, London: Phoenix, 1994, Chapter 8.6, p. 560,
- ‘You may think that because you live in Brahmpur you have seen the world―or more of the world than we poor yokels see. But some of us yokels have also seen the world―and not just the world of Brahmpur, but of Bombay. […] ’
a person from or living in the countryside, viewed as being unsophisticated and/or naive