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A peckerwood is a rural white southerner, usually poor, undereducated or otherwise ignorant and bigoted, the term gained popularity in the deep south during the early twentieth century and was meant to be derogatory. It is a reversal of the name of the red bellied woodpecker which had a patch of red on the back of it’s head and neck, therefore a peckerwood is a redneck, terms that describe similar groups of people are trailer trash or white trash but neither of those have the same effect or ring to them as peckerwood does.
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That man was a true peckerwood, born and raised.

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One who has a mania for music.
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noun and adjective

a; historically used by black folks in the past in a negative way to speak about or refer to white people they considered to be trashy.
b; label used for white gangster in or out of prison.
What's your release date, peckerwood?
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In the motion picture "The Onion Field," starring James Woods and Franklyn Seales, the two actors play white-and-black convicts. At one point, Seales (as black Jimmy) says of Woods (as white Greg): "Lowdown, no-'count peckerwood."

Later in the film, black Jimmy gives white Greg as rousing blowjob.
"Fuckin' peckerwood, that white devil."
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A derogatory slang for someone who is caucasion.
He got three more months added to his sentence for calling the judge a peckerwood
by Em J November 27, 2005
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peckerwood or peckah wood is an afro american derogatory term for a poor white.Or redneck,honkie or cracker.
Look at that flat assed peckerwood bitch.
by wigger March 09, 2005
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