1. A term in Southeastern United States English to describe poor white trash, derived from the Scottish meaning of the verb "to crack," which, in this sense denotes ostentation.

"I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode." 1766, G. Cochrane

2. In more general and contemporary U.S. usage, the term has become an ethnic slur for all Americans of Northern European decent.
1. Look at that cracker over there with the confederate flag license plate on his pickup.

2. Shut up, cracker, 'fore I beat yo' scrawny white ass.
by W. Elliott April 05, 2006

Cracker is a slur that was used by Whites Originally To describe Free White Indentured servants/slaves as In the early days Of America and austrila where basically slave collinies for the Surf class Of England,Ireland& scotland these whites where Brought To the Americas against their will In a 3rd passage To cut welfair cost in England.upon Freedom Black slaves where promised 40 achers and a mule White slaves where Promised 50 achers and a ho.only about 25% ever got land promised to them The free Whites who got land was the wrost land In the country where Cotton and tobaco could not be farmed the only crop able to farm was Corn witch they distilled To make wiskey Like their ancestors did in Ireland & the scotish Highlands they where called Corn crackers Or crackers after their one and only crop they grew. this land is In W.Va,Va,Pa,ohio
Cracker- Jimmy Crack corn and I don't care My masters run away. A American Folk song about Free white slaves Or corn crackers
by NLR718 June 03, 2006
A cracker is not a slave owner or overseer cracking a whip. "Cracker" predates the plantation era; and it refers to someone who would have been too poor to own slaves. It is a farmers who raised only cracked products, such as wheat and corn. "Cracker" was a derogatory term applied to these poor farmers from before the American Revolution.
Sometimes the owners of the general stores wouldn't accept anything but cotton, which forced a lot of crackers to change their crops.
by Ditch November 18, 2005
The word that blacks use to insult white people; Another word like nigger, but for whites
Jarad: Dude, if i get called a cracker one more time imma call someone a nigger!
Black guy: Move cracker
Jarad: NIGGER!!!
Black guy (now with gun): What!!!
Jarad: NOO!!!!
by Mark The Fat Kid November 11, 2005
An insult used by people who aren't white to insult white people, despite the fact that a cracker is a type of food, and it's not really insulting at all.
"Shut yo mouf cracka' ass bitch"
by robart January 23, 2005
Crackers were poor white folk who lived in the south during the antebellum era. Given their name because of their staple diet of crack-corn, crackers were often hired by plantation owners in order to replace a slave in dangerous jobs. The high prices of slaves during the 1830s and 40s made It efficient to use a cracker rather than a slave. If a planter lost or injured a slave he would be pressed to buy another slave, but if the cracker got injured or died, finacially, the planter would have been unaffected. Crackers had a very low standard of living. Many of them lived in forests and dug holes in the ground to live in. despite their living conditions and their social status, crackers stilled believed they were better than the african slaves. Today, cracker is often used as a derogatory term for a white person for obvious reasons. It implies a person who lives in the utmost worst conditions and a person who no one really cares about.
Southern Women: We have some water dripping into the house. I think it is comin from the roof.
Southern plantation owner: I'll get a cracker to fix it.
by Half and Half May 06, 2008
This Is Not ok for BLACK People to every SAY!!!!! It's like a white person saying nigger!! It's not cool! So White People don't say nigger and BLACK PEOPLE DON'T EVER SAY CRACKER!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm a racist BLACK person who thinks its not cool for a white person to say nigger ,but it's ok for me to say CRACKER!
by Devman1211 May 04, 2006

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