redneck

or red-neck

[ red-nek ]
/ ˈrɛdˌnɛk /
Informal: Disparaging.

noun

an uneducated white farm laborer, especially from the South.
a bigot or reactionary, especially from the rural working class.

adjective

Also red-necked. narrow, prejudiced, or reactionary: a redneck attitude.

Origin of redneck

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; red1 + neck

Usage note

All the senses of this term are used with disparaging intent, implying negative stereotypical traits such as ignorance and narrow-mindedness.
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British Dictionary definitions for redneck

redneck

/ (ˈrɛdˌnɛk) /

noun derogatory

(in the southwestern US) a poor uneducated White farm worker
a person or institution that is extremely reactionary

adjective

reactionary and bigotedredneck laws
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Culture definitions for redneck

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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