peckerwood


peckerwood

noun

  1. Midland and Southern U.S. woodpecker.
  2. Southern U.S. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. poor white.

adjective

  1. Southern U.S. small or insignificant: He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill.

n.1859, U.S. Southern black dialectal inversion of woodpecker; in folklore, taken as the type of white folks (1929) and symbolically contrasted with blackbird.

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