Definition of yokel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyōk(ə)l/


An uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside.
Example sentences
  • She confirmed my suspicions of country folk being idiotic yokels as correct.
  • People like you preach tolerance and openmindedness all the time but when it comes to middle America you think we're all evil and stupid country yokels who need your political alignment.
  • Well, guess what kids, if the beef industry goes, it's not just going to be the country yokels that are out of a job.
informal hayseed, hillbilly, hick, hoser, rube, clodhopper, yahoo, apple knocker


Early 19th century: perhaps figuratively from dialect yokel 'green woodpecker'.

Words that rhyme with yokel

bifocal, focal, local, univocal, varifocal, vocal

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Syllabification: yo·kel

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