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  • (nautical) a short boom or spar used to extend a sail or secure a stay
  • a clumsy unsophisticated person; a yokel
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Bump"kin (&?;), n. [The same word as bumkin, which Cotgrave defines thus: "Bumkin, Fr. chicambault, the luffe-block, a long and thick piece of wood, whereunto the fore-sayle and sprit-sayle are fastened, when a ship goes by the winde." Hence, a clumsy man may easily have been compared to such a block of wood; cf. OD. boomken a little tree. See Boom a pole.] An awkward, heavy country fellow; a clown; a country lout. "Bashful country bumpkins." W. Irving.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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