peckerwood

peckerwood

[pek-er-wood]
noun
1.
Midland and Southern U.S. woodpecker.
2.
Southern U.S. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. poor white.
adjective
3.
Southern U.S. small or insignificant: He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; pecker + wood1; inversion of woodpecker

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peckerwood definition


and wood
  1. n.
    a poor white person. (Very old southern term for a woodpecker.) : What's that peckerwood want in this hood?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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