peckerwood

noun
peck·​er·​wood | \ ˈpe-kər-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce peckerwood (audio) \

Definition of peckerwood

South & Midland, offensive
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a rural white Southerner

First Known Use of peckerwood

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peckerwood

probably inversion of woodpecker

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“Peckerwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peckerwood. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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