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Compound of clod +? hopper (agentive form of the verb hop). Perhaps affected by analogy with grasshopper. Attested in the sense of "peasant" since the seventeenth century; the extended sense of "boot" or "shoe" dates from the nineteenth century.



clodhopper (plural clodhoppers)

  1. A strong shoe for heavy-duty use, a boot.
    • 1830, Margaret Hundy, "First Epistle from Mrs. Margaret Hundy", The Lady's Magazine:
      ...who had got on his "hill shoes," as he calls a pair of clodhoppers as thick as a ploughman's, and stuck round with nails.
  2. (US) Any kind of shoe.
    • 1959, Claude F. Koch, "A Matter of Family":
      We had to walk slow because of his wooden clod-hoppers, and that was the way I wanted it now
  3. (military slang) United States Navy ankle length work shoes, distinct from dress shoes or combat boots.
    • 1943, "Senators go global: Five will fly to all fronts", LIFE Magazine, August 16:
      Smiling Jim Mead of New York tries on his GI clodhopper boots. He decided to return them "because we couldn't make any altitude with those aboard."
  4. A peasant or yokel.
    • 1869, Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Lorna Doone, ch. 14:
      'Nephew Jack,' he cried, looking at me when I was thinking what to say, and finding only emptiness, 'you are a heavy lout, sir; a bumpkin, a clodhopper; and I shall leave you nothing, unless it be my boots to grease.'
  5. (Britain) A clumsy or foolish person.
    • 1826, P.H. Clias, "Gymnastics", Blackwood's Magazine, Volume XX, No. CXV, August:
      All guess-work exploits shrivel up a good yard, or sometimes two, when brought to the measure, and the champion of the county dwindles into a clumsy clod-hopper.
  6. Wheatear; any of various passerine birds.


  • clodknocker

Related terms

  • clodhopperish


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Alternative forms

  • bushy


From bush +? -ie.


  • (General Australian, UK) IPA(key): /?b??i/


bushie (plural bushies)

  1. (Australia, colloquial) Someone who lives in or is familiar with the Australian outback; a bushman or bushwoman.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 184:
      I bought the king parrot from an old bushie in a pub in Exhibition Street.
    • 1998, David Malouf, A First Place, Vintage 2015, p. 179:
      Timber was a sign of poverty, of our poor-white condition and backwardness: it made ‘bushies’ of us.

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