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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.

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Origin of bumpkin

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1560–70; <Middle Dutch bommekijn “little barrel,” equivalent to boom beam + -kijn -kin

OTHER WORDS FROM bumpkin

bump·kin·ish, bump·kin·ly, adjective

Definition for bumpkin (2 of 2)

bumpkin2
[ 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 boom·kin [boom-kin] /ˈbum kɪn/ .

Origin of bumpkin

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First recorded in 1625–35; from Middle Dutch boomken, equivalent to boom “tree, pole, beam” + -ken, diminutive suffix; see origin at boom2, beam, -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for bumpkin (1 of 2)

bumpkin1
/ (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)

bumpkin2

bumkin

/ (ˈbʌmpkɪn) /

noun

variant spellings of boomkin
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