peckerwood (plural peckerwoods)
- (Southern US, slang) A woodpecker.
1900 January 15, Drowne, T. P., “A Trip to Fauquier Co., Virginia; With Notes on the Specimens Obtained.”, in Webb, Walter F., editor, The Museum: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to Research in Natural Science, volume 6, number 3, Albion, page 38:
- On the morning of the next, one of Mr. White's daughters came into the house to inform me that there was a "peckerwood" in a tree in the yard. I immediately took my gun and went out to investigate thinking that perhaps it was a Pileolated Woodpecker, a bird I wanted to obtain.
1953, Stuart, Jesse, The Good Spirit of Laurel Ridge, New York: McGraw-Hill, LCCN 53010630, OL 6136729M:
- When I was a boy, I rooted over an old dead sourwood to get some peckerwood eggs.
1992, Morgan, Robert, The Mountains Won't Remember Us: And Other Stories, New York: Scribner, published 2000, ISBN 9780743204217, OL 6783044M, page 40:
- There was nothing but a peckerwood on an oak tree.
- (Southern US) A peckerwood sawmill.
1933 January 7, Traffic Service Corporation, “Serving an essential Industry: Lumber”, in The Traffic World, volume 51, number 1, page 8:
- Throughout this territory are mills of every variety and size, from the small "peckerwood" tractor mill capable of cutting only a few thousand feet of lumber per day to the world's largest pine lumber mill with a capacity of more than one million feet per day.
2002, Lancaster, John E., Judge Harley and His Boys: The Langdale Story, First edition, Macon: Mercer University Press, ISBN 9780865548237, OL 8317650M, page 222:
- The Langdale Company's new centralized sawmill and debarker in 1958 constituted a tremendous advance over the old peckerwood technology.
- (US, offensive, slang) A white person, especially a Southerner, or one who is ignorant, rustic, or bigoted.
1946, Mezzrow, Mezz; Wolfe, Bernard, Really the Blues, New York: Kensington, published 2001, ISBN 9780806512051, OL 7941497M, page 16:
- All the time I was stretched out on the infirmary cot I kept looking at the blank walls and seeing the mean, murdering faces of those Southern peckerwoods when they went after Big Six and the others with their knives.
1967, Killens, John Oliver, 'Sippi, New York: Trident Press, LCCN 67016400, OL 5539087M, page 50:
- Just as prejudiced as a Mississippi peckerwood when it comes to colored people.
- (prison slang) A white (male) inmate, especially one who is racist or who is a member of a race-based prison gang.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:peckerwood.
white, especially ignorant or rustic — see redneck