redneck

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Compound of red +‎ neck. Compare rooinek.

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redneck (plural rednecks)

  1. (slang, derogatory) A poor, rural, especially white, person from the Southern United States; especially, one who is regarded as unsophisticated, rude, racist, arrogant, lowbrow, etc.
  2. (historical, slang, US) Any of the miners who wore red bandanas for identification during the West Virginia mine war of 1921.[1]
  3. (historical, slang, US) A member of a certain Baltimore street gang, active in 1859.[2]
  4. (Britain, archaic, 19th and 20th centuries) A Roman Catholic.[3]

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  1. ^ “West Virginia Division of Culture and History”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 30 March 2008, archived from the original on 4 June 2013
  2. ^ The New York Times (New York, New York), 3 Nov 1859, Thu • Page 4
  3. ^ The Raleigh Register, (Raleigh, North Carolina),19 Mar 1841, Fri • Page 2