- an awkward, simple, unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel.
Origin of bumpkin1
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clod, boor, hillbilly, hayseed, rube, hick, yahoo.
- a beam or spar projecting outward from the hull of a vessel, for extending a sail, securing blocks, etc.
Origin of bumpkin2
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Examples from the Web for bumpkin
Well then, Mr. Bumpkin, there is first a history of your life.
Ah, quite so, quite so; so I should have supposed from what I know of you, Mr. Bumpkin.
Now Mr. Bumpkin, as the reader knows, was not alone in his expedition.
“It have been a mighty long time about, surely,” said Mr. Bumpkin.
“Thee beest too old, thee meanest,” said Mrs. Bumpkin, laughing.
- an awkward simple rustic person (esp in the phrase country bumpkin)
C16 (perhaps originally applied to Dutchmen): perhaps from Dutch boomken small tree, or from Middle Dutch boomekijn small barrel, alluding to a short or squat person
- variant spellings of boomkin
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Word Origin and History for bumpkin
"awkward country fellow," 1560s, probably from Middle Dutch bommekijn "little barrel," diminutive of boom "tree" (see beam (n.)). Apparently, though itself Dutch, it began as a derogatory reference to Dutch people as short and dumpy.
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