from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a member of the white rural laboring class, especially in the southern United States.
- n. Offensive Slang A white person regarded as having a provincial, conservative, often bigoted attitude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An uncouth countryman: as, the hill-billies come from the hills, and the rednecks from the swamps. The expression rednecked hill-billy also occurs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a poor White person in the southern United States
Anon just to clarify do you even know where the term redneck comes from?
They're real-life descendants of the Dukes of Hazzard who wave around the rebel flag and embrace the term "redneck" as a badge of honor.
If the term redneck is offensive, forgive me, sir.
The term redneck was also used in The West Virginia Coal Miners March (1921) or the Battle of Blair Mountain when coal miners wore red bandannas around their necks to identify themselves as seeking the opportunity to unionize.
You should also know that as I have said elsewhere in these forums, where I come from the term redneck is a compliment.
The term redneck indicates a lifestyle and culture that can be found in every state in our union.
As to having our delicate beer-sodden feelings protected from the term redneck; well, I appreciate the effort, though I highly suspect that the best way to hide snobbishness is to pose as protector of any class of folks you cannot bear.
To us, the term redneck indicates a culture we were born in and enjoy.
It is sort of interesting that one of the possible sources for the term redneck comes from the fight between coal miners and mine owners.
Listen to The One, Congress: beating up on this redneck is a "distraction" from your usual lecturing us on medicine and the economy, things about which most of you have little knowledge.