redneck

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Compound of red +‎ neck. Compare rooinek.

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redneck (plural rednecks)

  1. (slang, pejorative) A poor, rural, white Southern person (of either gender)[1]; especially, one who is regarded as unsophisticated and/or lowbrow, etc.
  2. (slang) The nickname given to miners who wore red bandanas for identification during the West Virginia mine war of 1921.[2]
  3. (slang) The nickname given to Baltimore street gang, active in 1859.[3]
  4. (Britain, archaic) The nickname given to Roman Catholics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.[4]

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