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corn-cracker

[kawrn-krak-er]
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noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a member of a class of poor white people in the southern U.S.

Origin of corn-cracker

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; corn1 + cracker

Usage note

This term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting, being similar in connotation to redneck and hillbilly. Corn-cracker originally referred to a native of Kentucky or Georgia, but has come to apply broadly to any poor white person in the South. See also cracker.
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Examples from the Web for corn-cracker

Historical Examples

  • Accompanied by the corn-cracker, I entered the turpentine-shed.

    Among the Pines</p>

    James R. Gilmore

  • "An' I'm d——d ef I made my wife th' 'oman she ar'," said the corn-cracker.

    Among the Pines</p>

    James R. Gilmore

  • The Colonel and I instinctively halted our horses, as the 'corn-cracker' stopped his.

  • In the words of Mr. Snell, when he came out from behind the watering-trough: "It was a corn-cracker!"

  • The corn-cracker betakes himself to some sunny spot, where there is abundance of mud, and aids digestion by wallowing.


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