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Compound of red +‎ neck. Compare rooinek.


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

  1. (slang, derogatory) A poor, rural, usually white and male, person from the Southern United States or parts of the Midwest and northeast, especially one who is unsophisticated and backward; sometimes with additional connotations of being rude, racist, and/or arrogant.
  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