plural -s
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
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

Word History


Arkansas + -ie

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Arkie was in 1927

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“Arkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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