This is an old southern term used by my grandmother. It is a disrespectful term for a white person similar to "cracker" or "honky." I believe it comes from the fact that woodpeckers have reddish hair up top like white people.
by Ken May 04, 2004
Something to be used in place of the word dick, cock, or penis in a verbal argument. Bums use this term, as well as crackheads, junkies, and black people.
by Wahhhn February 02, 2011