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peckerwood Syllabification: peck·er·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈpekərˌwo͝od/

Definition of peckerwood in English:


US informal, often , derogatory
A white person, especially a poor one.
Example sentences
  • ‘I grew up with and hang with skins, peckerwoods and therefore I'm down with White Pride,’ he writes.
  • You can fill a peckerwood's medicine cabinet with dental floss, and he still ain't going to floss.
  • Pejorative ethnic terms for whites include honkie and whitey for all whites, and redneck and peckerwood for poor and/or rural and/or Southern whites.


1920s: from a reversal of the elements of woodpecker, originally a dialect word for the bird, used commonly in Mississippi and Tennessee.

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