meaning of bumpkin

bumpkin meaning in General Dictionary

An awkward heavy nation fellow a clown a country lout

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  • an individual who is not too smart or thinking about culture
  • An awkward, hefty country fellow; a clown; a country lout.

bumpkin meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"awkward country other," 1560s, most likely from Middle Dutch bommekijn "little barrel," diminutive of increase "tree" (see beam (n.)). Evidently, though itself Dutch, it began as a derogatory mention of Dutch folks as brief and dumpy.


bumpkin meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) An awkward, heavy nation fellow; a clown; a country lout.


Sentence Examples with the word bumpkin

No agitation for the development of national defences, no beating of drums to awaken the military spirit, no anti-foreign clamour or invasion panic, no parading of uniforms and futile clash of arms, are necessary to entice the groundling and the bumpkin into the service.

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