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A peckerwood is a rural white southerner, usually poor, undereducated or otherwise ignorant and bigoted, the term gained popularity in the deep south during the early twentieth century and was meant to be derogatory. It is a reversal of the name of the red bellied woodpecker which had a patch of red on the back of it’s head and neck, therefore a peckerwood is a redneck, terms that describe similar groups of people are trailer trash or white trash but neither of those have the same effect or ring to them as peckerwood does.
From: "Peckerwood Nation" www.dailykos.com \storyonly/2006/6/28/181447/773
That man was a true peckerwood, born and raised.

por Bry Hink 25 de Novembro de 2006

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A derogatory slang for someone who is caucasion.
He got three more months added to his sentence for calling the judge a peckerwood
por Em J 27 de Novembro de 2005

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Southern blacks used "peckerwood" as a derogatory term to describe poor and/or rural Southern whites. A dictionary of African-American slang explains that the term "peckerwood" had its origins in the word "woodpecker." Blacks saw blackbirds as a symbol of themselves and the contrasting redheaded woodpecker as a representation of whites. Eventually, the word "woodpecker" was inverted to become "peckerwood" in an attempt to hide the meaning and origin of the term. Later, peckerwood came to be used in the North as well, as a general description for white people.

At some point, peckerwood evolved into a term used to describe white prison inmates. In prison slang, a peckerwood or "wood" was a white inmate who was willing to fight to avoid being raped or robbed. Over time, white inmates appropriated the term peckerwood and made it a source of pride.

Currently, the term peckerwood is used to refer both to white youths with loose ties to white power gangs in and out of prison, as well as to actual skinhead gangs who have incorporated "peckerwood" into their name. The various Peckerwood gangs appear to be concentrated largely in California, where they participate in the methamphetamine trade and have ties to other white supremacist gangs such as the Nazi Low Riders. Peckerwood gang members have been charged with a variety of crimes ranging from dealing drugs to attempted murder. Many gang members sport Peckerwood tattoos to display their affiliations.
Yo' best watch yo' self pecker-wood cause in here you da nigger
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This is a term used primarily in prisons regarding skineheads, {aryans}, Nazis and just plain out white boys.

It started out as a derogatory word used by the African Americans in the South to refer to white men, but the white men eventually picked it up and started using it for theirselves.

Women are called "Featherwoods" It is the same reference.
That Peckerwood looks fine, he sure is a mighty fine nazi with his aryan look, he is sure to please all the fine featherwoods.
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A white person or craka
I bought my car from that peckerwood down the street.
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In prison, a white guy who will put up a fight.
On the inside, you're either a white boy, or a peckerwood.
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Racist term for white man. honkey, whitey, cracker
All these peckerwoods tryin' to hold a brotha down.
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