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appleknocker

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[ ap-uhl-nok-er ]

/ ˈæp əlˌnɒk ər /

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nounSlang.

Northern U.S.a rustic.

a farm laborer, especially a fruit picker.

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Origin of appleknocker

1910–15; apple + knocker; from the practice of picking apples by knocking them from trees

Words nearby appleknocker

apple green, Apple Islander, Apple Isle, applejack, apple jelly nodules, appleknocker, apple maggot, apple of discord, apple of one's eye, apple of Peru, apple pandowdy

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What on earth is an apple-knocker?My cousins and I have contemplated this for decades. Our grandmother, Helen LaVanco Manno, was a vivacious woman who was quick to laugh and provide witty commentary on life and the people around her. The term "apple-knocker" was one of the most colorful words we learned from her musings.

Helen was a city person who was born and spent much of her life in Newark, NJ. She and my grandfather were fortunate to buy The Old Farm near Blairstown, NJ and used it as their weekend home. She recalled an Old Farm neighbor, also a city person who lived there part-time, who referred to some of the year-round residents as apple-knockers. Helen adapted the word as her own and always had a good chuckle when she used it to describing simple-minded folks and backwards ways.

My cousins and I always pondered what exactly was an apple-knocker. Was it different than a hick? Were there hidden meanings to it? Was apple-knocker really a word or were we the only ones to use it? Fast-forward to the new millennium and the all-knowing internet, and we were able to find the answer.

A web search revealed that apple-knocker is indeed a recognized idiom. Sources point to its origin as being between 1910 and 1920. Oxford Dictionarydefines apple-knocker as "an unsophisticated person" and Merriam Websterstates it simply as "rustic." Urban Dictionaryincludes a variety of meanings and this definition from The Free Dictionary's Idiomssection seems to be precisely what my grandmother and her neighbor had in mind:

"Apple-knocker: A countrybumpkin.One of themanytermsthatcityslickersapplied to lesssophisticatedruraldwellers(“rube,”“hayseed,”and“Gomer”areothers).Thephrasecamefromfruitharvestersusinglongsticks to dislodgethehangingcrop."

Unfortunately, the web search didn't turn up too many examples of how the word was used in popular culture so apparently apple-knocker was never part of the widespread lexicon.

Have you ever heard an apple-knocker? Do you know any apple-knockers? What are some words or idioms that you learned from your grandparents? Share your stories in the comments section of this post.

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appleknocker

[ ap-uhl-nok-er ]

/ ˈæp əlˌnɒk ər /


nounSlang.

Northern U.S.a rustic.

a farm laborer, especially a fruit picker.

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ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?

We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.

Question 1 of 8

Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?

Origin of appleknocker

1910–15; apple + knocker; from the practice of picking apples by knocking them from trees

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use appleknocker in a sentence

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  • This gives to the second volume something of the smell of an apple store-room.

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  • Twenty acres of apple trees all in a orchard together, and twenty acres of strawberries set out betwixt and between the rows!

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  • All this while Squinty was chewing on the apple which he had picked up from the ground after he had jumped over the rope.

    Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum

  • The knocker appeared to hear the response, and to assert that it was quite impossible he could wait so long.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens

  • And it did not take Squinty long to learn to jump the rope when there was no apple on the other side.

    Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum

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Meaning of apple-knocker in English:

apple-knocker

noun

  • 1US informal A person who picks or sells apples.

    • ‘He hopped freight trains out West and worked in the orchards of Washington state as an ‘apple knocker’, dug potatoes in the Oregon's Clamitt Valley, picked peaches and harvested vegetable crops in the Willamette Valley, and then moved down into California's central valley working the rice, cotton, and olive harvests.’
    • ‘I said, ‘I'm just an apple knocker from Arkansas.’’
    • ‘It has only been 300 years since Issac Newton discovered that an apple, if it becomes detached from the tree, falls to the ground, though we may reasonably suppose that generations of apple-knockers had known this all along.’
    1. 1.1 derogatory An ignorant or unsophisticated person.
      • ‘maybe a hundred men, apple-knockers mostly’
      • ‘The apple-knockers have been transgressing all bounds of decency by looting national wealth.’
      • ‘Locals mocked McAdoo's followers as ‘apple knockers’ and mimicked their drawls.’
      • ‘The crowd was about...one-third rednecks—I mean real apple-knockers.’
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