yokel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yokel a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yokel A country bumpkin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yokel A rustic or countryman; especially, a country bumpkin.
    • n yokel Same as hickwall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yokel yō′kl a country bumpkin
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps from an AS. word akin to E. gawk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; but cf. Gawk and Gowk.

Usage

In literature:

The woman called to a yokel to come and take the horses.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
He was one of the most remarkable men in the country, not a yokel of sixteen.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
Now if I am right and we take the fiddle back, then we are acting like a couple of cheap yokels, ain't it?
"Abe and Mawruss" by Montague Glass
For the Dartmoor sagas of the interminable Phillpotts, the warm ammoniacal bouquet of cows, poultry and yokels.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
They are as unpardonable as the yokel rhetoric of our British friends.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
She stared at Ruth, Helen and Jennie with all the amazement of the usual yokel.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
I thought at first it was some musical yokel on the highway and did not pay much attention.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
That's no language for a peaceful, cattle-driving yokel, is it now?
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
Only one yokel expressed disbelief in my identity.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
Are you afraid to handle the yokel?
"Athelstane Ford" by Allen Upward
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In poetry:

I knew an old man at a Fair
Who made it his twice-yearly task
To clamber on a cider cask
And cry to all the yokels there:--
"Advice To Lovers" by Robert Graves
I sallied afield when the bud first swells,
And the sun first slanteth hotly,
And I came on a yokel in cap and bells,
And a suit of saffron motley.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
I would be one with the dark, dark earth:—
Follow the plough with a yokel tread.
I would be part of the Indian corn,
Walking the rows with the plumes o'erhead.
"The Traveller-Heart" by Vachel Lindsay
Before the blackbird pecked the turf they woke;
At dawn the deer's wet nostrils blew their last.
To forest, haunt of runs and prime repast,
With paying blows, the yokel strained his yoke.
"Forest History" by George Meredith

In news:

The Bird's nested in Phoenix long enough to know that this place has its share of shady, self-important, half-witted yokels.
Yokelism & the Dangers of Provincialism .
PNA is delighted to welcome our newest affiliate member, Local Yokel Media.
Local Yokel Media is the internet's first hyperlocal online ad marketplace.
Local Yokel Meida focuses on those 15 miles.
I come out with a newspaper and pretend I'm an intellectual making fun of the yokels running the government.
They ran the greatest shell game since the days when big carnivals would roll into small towns, relieve the local yokels of the harvest money and move on.
For Yelp , Locals Aren't Yokels.
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