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 ) ( 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").