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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Origin and Etymology of arkie
Arkansas + -ie
First Known Use: 1927
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