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 'wood' and is often thought wrongly to be a syn-onym for peckerhead.
► 'Selective breeding in the good-old-boy peckerwood, white-sheet, lynch-mob states has brought about a monster ... a dog that is auditioning for the apocalypse (Lights Out for the Territory by Iain Sin-clair, 1997)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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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 — 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 Etymology: probably inversion of woodpecker Date: 1904 often disparaging a rural white Southerner …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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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