Definitions for peckerwood
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woodpecker, peckerwood, pecker(noun)
bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
A peckerwood sawmill.
A white person, especially a Southerner, or one who is ignorant or rustic.
A white (male) inmate, especially one who is racist or who is a member of a race-based prison gang.
Origin: Inversion of woodpecker, from the bird seen as the symbol of Whites, as opposed to the black crow, symbol of Blacks.
Peckerwood is a slur used through the mid 20th century by southern whites to describe poor rural whites. It is roughly synonymous with "cracker," "redneck" and "White trash," more prevalent in the southeast, although the last implies a degree of moral turpitude. Blacks saw blackbirds as a symbol of themselves, and the redheaded woodpecker as a representation of working class whites. They considered them loud and troublesome like the bird, and sometimes with red hair like the woodpecker's head plumes.
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