- The definition of a redneck is slang and a derogatory term for a poor white person, often who lives in the rural Southern United States and who often has conservative or bigoted attitudes.
An example of a redneck is a poor, uneducated white person in the South who engages in prejudiced behavior.
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Origin: from the characteristic sunburned neck acquired inch(es) the fields by farm laborers
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noun Offensive Slang
- Used as a disparaging term for a member of the white rural laboring class, especially in the southern United States.
- A white person regarded as having a provincial, conservative, often bigoted attitude.
redneck - Cultural 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.