Bumpkin meaning

bŭmpkĭn, bŭm-
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A person from a rural area, regarded as awkward or simple.
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An awkward, unsophisticated person; a yokel.
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A short spar projecting from the deck of a ship, used to extend a sail or secure a block or stay.
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(nautical) A short boom or spar used to extend a sail or secure a stay.
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Origin of bumpkin

  • Perhaps from Flemish boomken shrub diminutive of boom tree bheuə- in Indo-European roots or from Middle Dutch bommekijn diminutive of bomme barrel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Dutch boomken diminutive of boom tree boom2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch boomken (“shrub, little tree”), diminutive of boom (“tree”) (compare beam). Compare German Baumke or Bäumchen , meaning the same (German -ke, -chen, Dutch -ken). Note that the English word boom is etymologically related to the aforementioned in the sense of "large stem", or "big tree".

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