clodhopper

[klod-hop-er]
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Origin of clodhopper

1680–90; clod + hopper, modeled on grasshopper

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Related Words for clodhopper

oaf, bumpkin, lout, boor, redneck, clown, rustic, shoe, hind, yokel, hick, boot, plowman

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Historical Examples of clodhopper

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for clodhopper

clodhopper

noun informal
  1. a clumsy person; lout
  2. (usually plural) a large heavy shoe or boot
Derived Formsclodhopping, adjective
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Word Origin and History for clodhopper
n.

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.

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