- a member of a class of white people, especially of the southern U.S., having low social status and little or no money, property, or education.See also white trash.
Origin of poor white
An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for poor white
Then she looked at all three combatants, like a poor-white Solomon.
Mrs. Addix was of the poor-white race, like the Manns—in fact, she was distantly related to them.
Mounting the captured horse, Howarth rode off in the character of a "poor-white" farmer come in to do his marketing.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
Big yawning cracks in cold weather were in a way the hall-mark of poor-white cabins.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South
Martha McCulloch Williams
- often offensive
- a poverty-stricken and underprivileged White person, esp in the southern US and South Africa
- (as modifier)poor White trash
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