Definition of yokel in English:

yokel

noun

  • An uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside.

    • ‘Well, guess what kids, if the beef industry goes, it's not just going to be the country yokels that are out of a job.’
    • ‘People like you preach tolerance and openmindedness all the time but when it comes to middle America you think we're all evil and stupid country yokels who need your political alignment.’
    • ‘He has a few too many disparaging references to ‘country yokels,’ and some of his remarks about women are needlessly chauvinistic.’
    • ‘I told her I appreciated the vote of confidence, but I know what happens when I sit at a table of genuinely funny people, not family members and appreciative yokels: I become more solemn than Lincoln in his tomb.’
    • ‘She confirmed my suspicions of country folk being idiotic yokels as correct.’
    bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
    paysan
    campesino
    contadino, contadina, paisano
    muzhik, kulak
    fellah
    ryot
    clod, clodhopper, yahoo, yob, yobbo
    culchie, bogman
    hayseed, hillbilly, hick, rube, schlub
    bushy
    carl, churl, hind, kern
    bucolic
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Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps figuratively from dialect yokel green woodpecker.

Pronunciation

yokel

/ˈyōk(ə)l/