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bumpkin

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[ buhmp-kin ]
/ ˈbʌmp kɪn /
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noun Informal.

an awkward, simple, unsophisticated person from a rural area; yokel.

RELATED WORDS

rube, lout, clod, lummox, clodhopper, oaf, country, boor, yahoo, hayseed, hind, yokel, hick, clodpoll

Nearby words

bumper pool, bumper sticker, bumper-to-bumper, bumph, bumping race, bumpkin, bumpkinly, bumpoff, bumppo, natty, bumptious, bumptiously

Origin of bumpkin

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1560–70; < Middle Dutch bommekijn “little barrel,” equivalent to boom beam + -kijn -kin
SYNONYMS FOR bumpkin
Related formsbump·kin·ish, bump·kin·ly, adjective

Definition for bumpkin (2 of 2)

bumpkin

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[ buhmp-kin ]
/ ˈbʌmp kɪn /

noun Nautical.

a beam or spar projecting outward from the hull of a vessel, for extending a sail, securing blocks, etc.
Also boomkin.

Origin of bumpkin

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1625–35; < Middle Dutch boom boom2, beam + -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for bumpkin (1 of 2)

bumpkin

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/ (ˈbʌmpkɪn) /

noun

an awkward simple rustic person (esp in the phrase country bumpkin)

Word Origin for 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

British Dictionary definitions for bumpkin (2 of 2)

bumpkin

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bumkin

/ (ˈbʌmpkɪn) /

noun

variant spellings of boomkin
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Word Origin and History for bumpkin

bumpkin


n.

"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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