peckerwood

[ pek-er-woo d ]
/ ˈpɛk ərˌwʊd /

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.

Origin of peckerwood

1825–35, Americanism; pecker + wood1; inversion of woodpecker
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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.

    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