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peckerwood

[ pek-er-wood ]
/ ˈpɛk ərˌwʊd /
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noun
Midland and Southern U.S. woodpecker.
Southern U.S. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. poor white.
adjective
Southern U.S. small or insignificant: He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill.
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Origin of peckerwood

1825–35, Americanism;pecker + wood1; inversion of woodpecker
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How to use peckerwood in a sentence

  • Perhaps I didn't quite believe in the red-headed Peckerwood myself just then, and felt unable to incarnate him to Matthew.

    The Golden Bird|Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Matthew lingered behind the others and helped me feed the old red ally and Mrs. Ewe and Peckerwood Pup.

    The Golden Bird|Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Yer see Doctr Peckerwood want ter git sum news long wid de symptoms.

    Bypaths in Dixie|Sarah Johnson Cocke
  • Doctr Peckerwood ax him wharbouts he hut, an wharbouts he come fum, an whats his name, an whut he bin eatin?

    Bypaths in Dixie|Sarah Johnson Cocke
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