- Southern U.S. small or insignificant: He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill.
Origin of peckerwood
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Examples from the Web for peckerwood
Perhaps I didn't quite believe in the red-headed Peckerwood myself just then, and felt unable to incarnate him to Matthew.
Matthew lingered behind the others and helped me feed the old red ally and Mrs. Ewe and Peckerwood Pup.
Word Origin and History for peckerwood
1859, U.S. Southern black dialectal inversion of woodpecker; in folklore, taken as the type of white folks (1929) and symbolically contrasted with blackbird.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper