One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
depreciative, informal, derogatory
A native or inhabitant of Arkansas, an Arkansan; specifically one made homeless during the Great Depression and forced to seek employment elsewhere, especially in California. Hence: a simpleton, a country bumpkin (depreciative).
1920s; earliest use found in James Frank Dobie (1888–1964). From Ark- + -y.
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