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n. Chiefly Southern US
1. A woodpecker.
2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a poor white person.

[Alteration (by transposition of the two members of the compound) of woodpecker.]


1. (Animals) a woodpecker
2. Black slang offensive a White person, esp one from the southern states of the United States

poor′ white′

usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. However, sometimes it is merely a neutral descriptive term.
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (a term used to refer to a white person, esp. of the southern U.S., having low social status and little or no money, property, or education.)
[1810–20, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peckerwood - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insectspeckerwood - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
family Picidae, Picidae - woodpeckers
green woodpecker, Picus viridis - woodpecker of Europe and western Asia
downy woodpecker - small North American woodpecker with black and white plumage and a small bill
flicker - North American woodpecker
Campephilus principalis, ivorybill, ivory-billed woodpecker - large black-and-white woodpecker of southern United States and Cuba having an ivory bill; nearly extinct
Melanerpes erythrocephalus, redheaded woodpecker, redhead - black-and-white North American woodpecker having a red head and neck
sapsucker - small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple trees
wryneck - Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck
piculet - small woodpeckers of South America and Africa and East Indies having soft rounded tail feathers
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