noun Ar·kie \ˈärkē, ˈȧkē, -ki\

Definition of Arkie



  1. 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. 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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to cast off or become cast off

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