poor white: a hostile term of contempt or derision
Origin of peckerwoodorigin, originally , dialect, dialectal term for woodpecker
nounChiefly Southern US
- A woodpecker.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a poor white person.
Origin of peckerwoodAlteration (by transposition of the two members of the compound) of woodpecker.
Inversion of woodpecker. Application to white people is due to the perception that the woodpecker is a symbol of whites, whereas the crow is a symbol of blacks.