Definition of redneck in English:



North American
derogatory, informal
  • A working-class white person from the southern US, especially a politically reactionary one.

    as modifier ‘redneck towns’
    • ‘And I remember listening to that back in Georgia, and I watched rednecks laugh at it.’
    • ‘If there is a danger of this happening, then I think we need to make it clear to the government that rednecks are not the only people who can impose a political cost.’
    • ‘Would you please tell Derb that not all Southerners are rednecks.’
    • ‘The local rednecks were angry that immigrants from the future were taking their jobs, and were discussing what to do about it.’
    • ‘It made most people look like unsophisticated rednecks.’
    • ‘The book is careful not to stereotype Evie's family as ignorant rednecks.’
    • ‘It is hard not to have a sneaking admiration for someone who can enrage southern rednecks as easily as he can rile a group of feminist college students.’
    • ‘White trash rednecks from backward places such as Texas are an even easier target over there.’
    • ‘At one point in my life, I lived in a trailer, hung out with tobacco spitting rednecks, and spoke with an extreme drawl.’
    • ‘A large portion of people at the school were rednecks, and hugely homophobic.’
    • ‘‘Hopefully I am making a connection with the rednecks of Texas,’ he says with a deep laugh.’
    • ‘So one of these rednecks tells a racist joke and they're all laughing, except the big guy.’
    • ‘The rednecks were attacking us from the top of the rock.’
    • ‘You know, rednecks get married when they're teenagers and stuff.’
    • ‘This is a chapter about working, again: I make fun of rednecks in here.’
    • ‘It does not make the grade in what is otherwise a magnificent satire of white, redneck cultural values.’
    • ‘In the first example, he's parodying southern rednecks.’
    • ‘When most people hear about Memphis they think of rednecks and country people.’
    • ‘But now the rednecks are calling the shots, and the neocons are telling them how.’
    • ‘The small businesspeople are the rednecks that run the town and suppress the people.’


Mid 19th century: from the idea of the back of the neck being sunburned from outdoor work.