a derogatory term for an employee of a textile mill, particularly in the Hill Country of the American South. The term came into usage in the early twentieth century. Lintheads were and are primarily white southerners that are either the progeny of or themselves tenant farmers.
The foreman tries to make you feel badly about being a linthead. Don't be. Your spot in heaven is secure; they should be the one worrying.
by T-Dog Jenkins March 18, 2005