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Bumpkin

Bumpkin

An awkward, heavy country fellow; a clown; a country lout. Bashful country bumpkins.

Origin: 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.


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