bumpkin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bumpkin a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bumpkin An awkward, heavy country fellow; a clown; a country lout. "Bashful country bumpkins ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bumpkin Same as bumkin.
    • n bumpkin An awkward, clumsy rustic; a clown or country lout.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bumpkin a short beam of timber projecting from each bow of a ship, for the purpose of extending the lower corner of the foresail to windward: a small outrigger over the stern of a boat, usually serving to extend the mizzen.
    • n Bumpkin bump′kin an awkward, clumsy rustic: a clown
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The same word as bumkin, which Cotgrave defines thus: “Bumkin, Fr. chicambault, the luffe-block, a long and thick piece of wood, whereunto the fore-sayle and sprit-sayle are fastened, when a ship goes by the winde.” Hence, a clumsy man may easily have been compared to such a block of wood; cf. OD. boomken, a little tree. See Boom a pole
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Dut. boomken, a log.

Usage

In literature:

If the bird were a sparrow the bumpkins would let it be.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Now there isn't one of them country bumpkins, miss, as would know whether you had an accent or not.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He was no crude, uneducated country bumpkin, despite his odd ways and peculiar dress.
"Mary Louise in the Country" by L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
The dreamer in his mountain eyrie felt his heart warm with a sort of fatherly pity over these bumpkin raptures.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Mrs. Bryce made her feel a clumsy fool, a sort of country bumpkin.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Another bumpkin with his son once ran after the bishop's horse.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
It is exactly calculated to hit the notions of a vulgar, ignorant, lazy, greedy, and unprincipled bumpkin.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
One recently alighted in a field and a country bumpkin came over with the crowd to see the fun.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
The small boom that projects over the stern of a yawl is called the bumpkin.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Why should you play to rustic bumpkins, when the world of fashion would gladly receive you?
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
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In poetry:

And well he may, for well he knows
Each bumpkin of the clan,
Instead of paying what he owes,
Will cheat him if he can.
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper
He adds, with bumpkin's stolid grin
(A weakly intellect denoting),
He'd rather not invest it in
A company of my promoting!
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert
“Not I for a bumpkin’s fate,” I cried,
“I’ll not be a country clown!
A life’s too slow on the Lachlan Side;
I’ll go to the shining town!”
"Lachlan Side" by Henry Lawson
Hey! now! Come hoy now! Whither do you wander?
Up, down, near or far, here, there or yonder?
Sharp-ears, Wise-nose, Swish-tail and Bumpkin,
White-socks my little lad, and old Fatty Lumpkin!
"Tom Bombadil's Song" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

Josef Anton Bruckner was an unlovable bumpkin and he knew it.
George Lindsey, the actor who portrayed the country-bumpkin mechanic Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," died Sunday.
If you thought only bumpkins chose to live in Payson, chances are you don't know Mike Macfarlane, world traveler and raconteur.
"People sometimes think we are just country bumpkins out here," said Albert, Tulpehocken's superintendent.
A Southern accent carries many associations, from "Gone With the Wind" Southern charm to country bumpkin.
From city slickers to country bumpkins, homeowners have always longed for a special place from which to escape the toils of day-to-day life.
Cal Smith, who played guitar for the Texas Troubadours during the 1960s, went on to a successful country music career of his own in the 1970s, recording hits such as "Country Bumpkin".
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