- an unsophisticated person from a rural area; a country bumpkin.
Origin of yokel
Examples from the Web for yokel
I have a notion that I sat there staring and listening like a yokel at a play.The Arrow of Gold
This man was a yokel of no interest to us, apart from this one episode in his career.An Old Meerschaum
David Christie Murray
Thebold had been chagrined at learning that Don Cort was not the yokel he had taken him for.And Then the Town Took Off
This yokel from the woods and mountains needed a little coaxing.The Bright Messenger
It is the militia-man, the yokel, standing facing the captain and gesticulating at him.The Human Slaughter-House
- derogatory (used chiefly by townspeople) a person who lives in the country, esp one who appears to be simple and old-fashioned
Word Origin and History for yokel
1812, perhaps from dialectal German Jokel, disparaging name for a farmer, originally diminutive of Jakob. Or perhaps from English yokel, dialectal name for "woodpecker."