1812, possibly from dialectal German Jokel, diminutive of Jakob; alternatively, from dialectal English yokel ("woodpecker"). Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈjəʊ.kəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈjoʊ.kəl/

yokel (plural yokels)

  1. (pejorative) An unsophisticated person.
  2. A person of rural background.
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