Ar·​kie | \ ˈärkē, ˈȧkē, -ki \
plural -s

Definition of Arkie

1 informal : a native or resident of Arkansas It's always good to welcome back a fellow Arkie who's been away all too long.Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 16 May 2012
2 informal, sometimes disparaging : an itinerant agricultural worker especially : such a worker from Arkansas in the 1930s In the South the number of sharecroppers farms dropped from 776,278 in 1930 to 541, 291 in 1940. The result was a homeless population, some of whom, known in the folklore of the times as “Okies” and “Arkies,” packed up and took off for California. — Mary Beth Norton et al., A People and a Nation, 1988 — compare okie

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First Known Use of Arkie

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Arkie

Arkansas + -ie

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“Arkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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