redneck

[red-nek] Informal: Often Disparaging.
noun
1.
an uneducated white farm laborer, especially from the South.
2.
a bigot or reactionary, especially from the rural working class.
adjective
3.
Also, red-necked. narrow, prejudiced, or reactionary: a redneck attitude. biased, narrow-minded, intolerant. fair-minded, open-minded, broad-minded, tolerant, unbiased, impartial.
Also, red-neck.


Origin:
1820–30, Americanism; red1 + neck

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redneck (ˈrɛdˌnɛk)
 
n
1.  (in the southwestern US) a poor uneducated White farm worker
2.  a person or institution that is extremely reactionary
 
adj
3.  reactionary and bigoted: redneck laws

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redneck
"cracker," 1893; attested 1830 in more specialized sense ("This may be ascribed to the Red Necks, a name bestowed upon the Presbyterians in Fayetteville," from Ann Royall, "Southern Tour I," p.148). According to various theories, red perhaps from anger, or from pellagra, but most likely from mule farmers'
outdoors labor in the sun, wearing a shirt and straw hat, with the neck exposed.
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redneck definition


A slang term, usually for a rural white southerner who is politically conservative, racist, and a religious fundamentalist (see fundamentalism). This term is generally considered offensive. It originated in reference to agricultural workers, alluding to how the back of a person's neck will be burned by the sun if he works long hours in the fields.

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Example sentences
His redneck concern is that his manhood has been diminished by this cancerous attach on his reproductive gland.
However, they have been universally dismissed by scientists as silly campfire talk and redneck foolishness.
Sports writer surveys the history of stock car racing, which began with redneck bootleggers and became a big business.
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