an uneducated white farm laborer, especially from the South.
a bigot or reactionary, especially from the rural working class.
Also red-necked . narrow, prejudiced, or reactionary: a redneck attitude.
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How to use redneck in a sentence
The stranger, a strongly built man with blue eyes and a red neck, looked from one to the other.The Incredible Honeymoon | E. Nesbit
"Nothing, I assure you," said the gentleman with the red neck.The Incredible Honeymoon | E. Nesbit
Pontefract, with his red neck and his short legs, seemed suddenly very near.The Halo | Bettina von Hutten
Also he owned an ever-thirsting palate, a fat red neck, red-rimmed eyes, and a bald head.The Halo | Bettina von Hutten
A whiskered head on the end of a long, corrugated red neck protruded from the smokehouse door.Seventeen | Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for redneck
(in the southwestern US) a poor uneducated White farm worker
a person or institution that is extremely reactionary
reactionary and bigoted: redneck laws
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Cultural definitions for redneck
A slang term, usually for a rural white southerner who is politically conservative, racist, and a religious fundamentalist (see fundamentalism). This term is generally considered offensive. It originated in reference to agricultural workers, alluding to how the back of a person's neck will be burned by the sun if he works long hours in the fields.
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