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Yokel   /jˈoʊkɛl/   Listen

A person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture.  Synonyms: bumpkin, chawbacon, hayseed, hick, rube, yahoo.

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"Yokel" Quotes from Famous Books

... hedge. Young Mr. Andrew was but half a farmer's son; he was destined for a merchant's office in town; he had been educated for it, and was only awaiting the promised opening. He was young, but no yokel; too knowing of town cunning and selfish hardness to entangle himself. Yet those soft brown eyes, that laughing shape; Andrew was very young and so was she, and ...
— The Life of the Fields • Richard Jefferies

... maid could be blind to De Courtenay's sparkling grace,—compared to which he was himself a blundering yokel? ...
— The Maid of the Whispering Hills • Vingie E. Roe

... substance and fact worth anything at all. It seems to me that, as in his novels, so in his history of the four Georges, Thackeray made no attempt at psychology. He dealt simply with types. One George he insisted upon regarding as a buffoon, another as a yokel. The Fourth George he chose to hold up for reprobation as a drunken, vapid cad. Every action, every phase of his life that went to disprove this view, he either suppressed or distorted utterly. 'History,' ...
— The Works of Max Beerbohm • Max Beerbohm

... the dawn of Lincoln's intellect. In his lonely inner life, this crude youth, this lover of books in a village where books were curiosities, had begun to think. The stages of his transition from mere story-telling yokel—intellectual only as the artist is intellectual, in his methods of handling—to the man of ideas, are wholly lost. And in this fact we have a prophecy of all the years to come. Always we shall seek in vain for the early stages of Lincoln's ideas. His mind will ...
— Lincoln • Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

... through some little clumps of reeds. Well, as I sat there, doing nothing, but just looking and listening, I heard the sound quite distinctly of some flute-like instrument playing a strange unending melody. I thought at first it was some musical yokel on the highway and did not pay much attention. But before long the strangeness and indescribable beauty of the tune struck me. It never repeated itself, but it never came to an end, phrase after phrase ran its sweet course, it worked ...
— The Best Ghost Stories • Various

Words linked to "Yokel" :   rustic

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