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yokel

noun [C] uk   /ˈjəʊ.kəl/ us    /ˈjoʊ-/ usually humorous
a stupid or awkward person who lives in the countryside rather than a town, especially one whose appearance is in some way strange or humorous: He plays the country yokel in the butter ad.The countryside
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