bumpkin

noun (1)
bump·​kin | \ ˈbəm(p)-kən How to pronounce bumpkin (audio) \

Definition of bumpkin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an awkward and unsophisticated rustic

bumpkin

noun (2)
bump·​kin | \ ˈbəm(p)-kən How to pronounce bumpkin (audio) \
variants: or bumkin

Definition of bumpkin (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spar projecting from a ship especially at the stern

Other Words from bumpkin

Noun (1)

bumpkinish \ ˈbəm(p)-​kə-​nish How to pronounce bumpkinish (audio) \ adjective
bumpkinly \ ˈbəm(p)-​kən-​lē How to pronounce bumpkinly (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of bumpkin

Noun (1)

1570, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bumpkin

Noun (1)

perhaps from Dutch bommekijn small cask, from Middle Dutch, from bomme cask

Noun (2)

probably from Dutch boomken, diminutive of boom tree

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“Bumpkin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumpkin. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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