peckerwood
noun Etymology: probably inversion of woodpecker Date: 1904 often disparaging a rural white Southerner

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  • Peckerwood — (or simply Wood) is a pejorative slang term coined in the 19th century by southern Black Americans to describe poor whites. This word is still widely used by southern blacks to refer to southern whites. [http://www.adl.org/hate symbols/peckerwood …   Wikipedia

  • peckerwood — ☆ peckerwood [pek′ər wood΄ ] n. [inversion of WOODPECKER] Dial. POOR WHITE: a term of contempt …   English World dictionary

  • peckerwood — /pek euhr wood /, n. 1. Midland and Southern U.S. woodpecker. 2. Southern U.S. Slang (disparaging and offensive). See poor white. adj. 3. Southern U.S. small or insignificant: He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill. [1825 35,… …   Universalium

  • peckerwood — n American a white person. This derogatory term has been used by black and white alike and uses the southern American name for the red headed woodpecker (the link is the reference to that bird s red neck). The term is sometimes abbreviated to… …   Contemporary slang

  • peckerwood — peck•er•wood [[t]ˈpɛk ərˌwʊd[/t]] n. usage: peckerwood is a dialectal term. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. dial. off Southern U.S. sl.: disp. and off. poor white • Etymology: 1825–35, amer.; inversion of… …   From formal English to slang

  • peckerwood — noun /ˈpɛkəwʊd/ A white person, especially a Southerner, or when regarded as ignorant or rustic. All the time I was stretched out on the infirmary cot I kept looking at the blank walls and seeing the mean, murdering faces of those Southern… …   Wiktionary

  • peckerwood — n. woodpecker, type of bird with a hard bill for boring into trees; (Offensive Slang used in the USA) rural white person from the South who has a lower than average income …   English contemporary dictionary

  • peckerwood — noun US informal, often derogatory a white person, especially a poor one. Origin 1920s: from a reversal of the elements of woodpecker, orig. a dialect word for the bird …   English new terms dictionary

  • peckerwood — peck·er·wood …   English syllables

  • peckerwood — A southern term for poor anglo saxon protestants …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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