- 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
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
Accompanied by the corn-cracker, I entered the turpentine-shed.
"An' I'm d——d ef I made my wife th' 'oman she ar'," said the corn-cracker.
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 Skipper and the Skipped
The corn-cracker betakes himself to some sunny spot, where there is abundance of mud, and aids digestion by wallowing.