peck·​er·​wood ˈpe-kər-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce peckerwood (audio)
Southern US and Midland US, offensive
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a rural white Southerner

Word History


probably inversion of woodpecker

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peckerwood was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Peckerwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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