corn-cracker

[ kawrn-krak-er ]
/ ˈkɔrnˌkræk ər /

noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a member of a class of poor white people in the southern U.S.

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Origin of corn-cracker

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

usage note for 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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