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Piny \Pin"y\, a. Abounding with pines. [Written also piney.] ``The piny wood.''


a. (alternative spelling of piny English)

Piney, AR -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Arkansas
Population (2000): 3988
Housing Units (2000): 1868
Land area (2000): 6.540906 sq. miles (16.940867 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.590261 sq. miles (1.528769 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 7.131167 sq. miles (18.469636 sq. km)
FIPS code: 55610
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 34.496999 N, 93.134068 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Piney, AR
Piney (Pine Barrens resident)

Piney is a derogatory term that refers to native inhabitants of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The Pine Barrens have sandy, acidic soil considered unsuitable for traditional farming by early settlers, who called the land "barren". The area is forested mainly with pitch pine and scrub oak. Many areas are swampy with cedar forests that grow along brownish-red, fresh water called "cedar water." The red color is actually created by the high level of iron in the water.

Living conditions in the "Barrens" were considered inhospitable, and those that lived there were considered to be the dregs of society, fugitives, poachers, moonshiners, runaway slaves or deserting soldiers. Often poor, Pineys were forced to make a living in any way possible. They collected and sold sphagnum moss or pine cones, hunted, fished, and lived off of the land. Some of the pineys included notorious bandits known as the Pine Robbers.

Pineys were further demonized after two eugenics studies in the early 20th century, which depicted them as congenital idiots and criminals, most notably the research performed on " The Kallikak Family" by Henry H. Goddard. Pineys often fostered stories of how terrible the Pine Barrens are or how violent they were in order to discourage outsiders and law enforcement from entering the Barrens. The Jersey Devil stories often had this effect.

Today, pineys tend to wear the label as a badge of honor, much like the term " redneck" has become in the Appalachian Mountains and the Southern United States.


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Usage examples of "piney".

Ham-hock Piney remained rigidly silent, too scared to even tremble as lustily as he would have liked.

Hamhock Piney remained in the dark about the phenomena which had so baffled him.

Ham-hock Piney, Squirrel Dorgan and the others walked more slowly down the street.

Ham-hock Piney breathed noisily and watched Ool as if he were looking at a spike-tailed devil.

Watches Bowen, Ool, Ham-hock Piney, Honey Hamilton, Squirrel Dorgan, and four other men.

Ham-hock Piney, more courageous now, fired the grenade rifle several times.

Alien abductions, Bigfoot in the piney wood hills, faeries skipping through downtown streets, goblins in the sewers.

Even Piney, who could usually be depended on to at least pretend an interest, had glazed over when presented with the graphics.

He glanced back, saw that Piney had dropped into the chair and had his head on his knees.

He needed to check in with Piney, return calls from the factory, and run by a couple of the rental units.

I stalked back over the fields, vowing to pay her back for it, with Piney walking along with me grinning like an idiot.

He had bought the house on Old Piney Branch Road because it reminded him of a Victorian home he owned in England, and then he had arranged for the furniture and other items he had collected over the last several hundred years to be shipped there.

The prospect of seeing Navarre made Adrianna as nervous as a cat as Nancy drove out of town toward Old Piney Branch Road.

Too soon, Nancy was pulling into the driveway at the end of Old Piney Branch Road.

Frankie want to make sure that Joe Piney said what John said he said about Joe Gallo.