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[klod-hop-er] /ˈklɒdˌhɒp ər/
a clumsy boor; rustic; bumpkin.
clodhoppers, strong, heavy shoes.
Origin of clodhopper
1680-90; clod + hopper, modeled on grasshopper
1. hick, yokel, lout, hayseed, lummox. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for clodhopper
Historical Examples
  • She did not like to think Father a clodhopper; and I am sure he is not.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • What if she should think me a clown and a clodhopper, as Tom Tracy does?

    Gretchen Mary J. Holmes
  • The clodhopper had got her, and I had been only toiling in his service!

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. I (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • You think you are the man of talent and I am the clodhopper.

  • His clodhopper of a father sold firewood to the sweet mother of me!

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • You assert your right to marry who you will—clodhopper or landowner.

    Meg's Friend

    Alice Abigail Corkran
  • But the British officers were scornful of their clodhopper besiegers.

    The Continental Dragoon

    Robert Neilson Stephens
  • In the country this vice of the clodhopper is far from infrequent.

  • A clodhopper might knock a mast out of a vessel, but a sailor must replace it.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • Evidently he had no fear of being-called a "clodhopper" or a "hayseed!"

    George Washington: Farmer

    Paul Leland Haworth
British Dictionary definitions for clodhopper


noun (informal)
a clumsy person; lout
(usually pl) a large heavy shoe or boot
Derived Forms
clodhopping, adjective
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Word Origin and History for clodhopper

1690s, slang, "one who works on plowed land, a rustic," from clod (n.) + agent noun from hop (v.). Cf. in a similar sense clod-breaker, clod-crusher; in this word perhaps a play on grasshopper. Sense extended by 1836 to the shoes worn by such workers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clodhopper



  1. A farmer; rustic; shitkicker • Originally a plowman (1690+)
  2. An old vehicle, suitable for only short passages; clunker, jalopy (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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