or red-neck

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


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.

Nearby words

  1. redline,
  2. redlining,
  3. redly,
  4. redmond,
  5. redmond, john edward,
  6. redness,
  7. redo,
  8. redolence,
  9. redolent,
  10. redon

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for redneck


/ (ˈrɛdˌnɛk) /

noun derogatory

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


reactionary and bigotedredneck laws
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Word Origin and History for redneck


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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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