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Compound of red +‎ neck. Compare rooinek.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛdnɛk/
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redneck (plural rednecks)

  1. (slang, usually derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A poor, rural, usually white, person from the Southern United States or parts of the Midwest and northeast, especially one who has unsophisticated and backward beliefs; sometimes with additional connotations of being bigoted.
    • 1989, “Fight the Power”, in Fear of a Black Planet, performed by Public Enemy:
      Sample a look back you look and find / Nothing but rednecks for 400 years if you check
  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. (UK, 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 November 1859, Thu • Page 4
  3. ^ The Raleigh Register, (Raleigh, North Carolina), 19 March 1841, Fri • Page 2