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bumpkin


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bumpkin  \Bump"kin\,  n.  [The  same  word  as  bumkin,  which  Cotgrave 
  defines  thus:  ``Bumkin,  Fr  chicambault  the  luffe-block,  a 
  long  and  thick  piece  of  wood,  whereunto  the  fore-sayle  and 
  sprit-sayle  are  fastened,  when  a  ship  goes  by  the  winde.'' 
  Hence  a  clumsy  man  may  easily  have  been  compared  to  such  a 
  block  of  wood;  cf  OD  boomken  a  little  tree.  See  {Boom}  a 
  pole.] 
  An  awkward,  heavy  country  fellow;  a  clown;  a  country  lout. 
  ``Bashful  country  bumpkins.''  --W.  Irving. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bumpkin 
  n  :  not  very  intelligent  or  interested  in  culture  [syn:  {yokel}, 
  {rube},  {hick},  {yahoo},  {hayseed},  {chawbacon}] 




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