Definitions

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.

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  • n. a poor White person in the southern United States

Etymologies

Compound of red +‎ neck (Wiktionary)

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  • You know you're a redneck if you've ever used a barstool as a walker.

    May 5, 2010

  • Bit of a theme here. Love the pet carrier.

    April 4, 2009

  • The sun reddened the necks of Southerners who worked outdoors or in fields, and hence the name. These folks were not the professionals or the educated class or the plantation types. Being a redneck is really a state of mind. It refers to a person who does not speak proper English, whose world view is limited, and who may harbor a lot of prejudice against certain groups. Rednecks are, above all, ignorant. Today we still use the word in the South and it is still derogatory. What is interesting is that the term can be used for a white person who is a leader or head of something, and whose influence is among the lower middle classes. I think many state senators where I live are rednecks because of their political views. I could be mistaken. . .but I don't think so.

    August 14, 2008

  • Someone with a "glorious lack of sophistication," according to Jeff Foxworthy.

    February 7, 2007