a person living in a rural area; rustic; country bumpkin: a contemptuous term
Origin of yokelprobably ; from dialect, dialectal , green woodpecker
A rustic; a bumpkin.
Origin of yokelPerhaps from German dialectal Jokel, Jockel, bumpkin (from diminutive of the name Jakob, German equivalent of English James and Jacob) or from English dialectal yuckle, European green woodpecker (Picus viridis), probably a variant of English hickwall (from Middle English hyghwhele, probably from an imitation of its high-pitched call ).
1812, possibly dialectical German Jokel, diminutive of Jakob; alternatively, from dialectal English yokel (“woodpecker").