Peckerwood meaning

pĕk'ər-wo͝od'
Used as a disparaging term for a poor white person.
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(US, offensive, slang) A white person, especially a Southerner, or one who is ignorant, rustic, or bigoted.
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A woodpecker.
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(southern US) A peckerwood sawmill.
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(prison slang) A white (male) inmate, especially one who is racist or who is a member of a race-based prison gang.
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(southern US, slang) A woodpecker.
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Origin of peckerwood

  • Alteration (by transposition of the two members of the compound) of woodpecker
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary