Definition of bumpkin in English:



  • An unsophisticated or socially awkward person from the countryside.

    ‘she thought Tom a bit of a country bumpkin’
    • ‘Also included in the mix are the two comic country bumpkins, stereotypical toothless hillbillies with their pipes, dilapidated hats, and cargo of farm livestock.’
    • ‘Ministers think only a few country bumpkins are going to be affected, but what am I supposed to do?’
    • ‘There have portrayed all country people as stupid bumpkins.’
    • ‘It's funny, but even now in 2002 some people still cling to the idea that we are some bunch of country bumpkins, when the reality is that we are probably as clued up as anyone in Scotland.’
    • ‘Sometimes, as in the joke about asking directions from a country bumpkin, the easiest way to get from A to B is not to start at A at all.’
    • ‘We country bumpkins are older and wiser and financially poorer now because of increased parish rates.’
    • ‘To be honest we were a real bunch of country bumpkins.’
    • ‘Whether you're a city dweller or a country bumpkin like myself, it seems that we all take pleasure in what nature holds for us.’
    • ‘Country bumpkins in red rural areas who depend on tourists from urban areas but vote Republican can forget our money.’
    • ‘Many in his own party regarded him as a country bumpkin who lacked the education and moral character to lead our nation through such a fateful crisis.’
    • ‘Subtle changes are taking place, though, in our attitudes towards these country bumpkins.’
    • ‘The country bumpkins, arriving here to gawk, are now more materially behind the urban living average than ever (a recent survey put this at more than African cities).’
    • ‘Our first game against Chelsea was billed as the country bumpkins against the city boys.’
    • ‘Although her elder sister Nancy had immortalised their parents as upper-class bumpkins in the Oxfordshire countryside, their background was in fact exotic.’
    • ‘The Chinese also have a familiar term for what we would call a hick or a country bumpkin, and that is a xiali Ba ren, literally, a ‘villager from Ba.’’
    • ‘Y'see, these country bumpkins from Ontario had the audacity and nerve to cover part one of Pink Floyd's classic The Wall.’
    • ‘Once seen as the tipple for students and country bumpkins, cider is now the drink of the moment.’
    • ‘But he was a country bumpkin at heart, already dressed for the weekend in blue overalls, a red plaid shirt, and an old fashioned railroad engineer's striped hat.’
    • ‘This might not seem like news worthy of reporting, but it's the fact that it felt like the visit of a pair of country bumpkins to ‘the big city’ that makes it a noteworthy event.’
    • ‘And he wasn't about fall for the trap the country bumpkins at Auburn laid for him.’
    yokel, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial
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Late 16th century: perhaps from Dutch boomken ‘little tree’ or Middle Dutch bommekijn ‘little barrel’, used to denote a dumpy person.