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  1. a clumsy boor; rustic; bumpkin.
  2. clodhoppers, strong, heavy shoes.
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Origin of clodhopper

1680–90; clod + hopper, modeled on grasshopper


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Historical Examples

  • Fact, too good for the half of the clodhoppers about these parts.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne

  • In the eyes of the Darwesh Khel they are a race of clodhoppers.

  • The Baron died of an attack of gout, a disease unknown to clodhoppers.

    The Surprises of Life

    Georges Clemenceau

  • Was he so weak, then, as to return to the poison that had made him the byword of clodhoppers?

  • Only look at the attempts in verse of the common run of clodhoppers.

British Dictionary definitions for clodhoppers


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



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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