- a member of the class of poor whites, especially in the southern U.S.
- poor whites collectively.
Origin of white trash
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for white trash
“While were shooting we read a tabloid blog post that said Vanessa looked like a white-trash paint-huffing girl,” said Bivens.The Secrets Behind the Bikinis of Harmony Korine’s New Film, ‘Spring Breakers’
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It was not even a wild dream that white-trash Lincoln would be elected.The Crisis, Complete
- poor White people living in the US, esp the South
- (as modifier)white-trash culture
Word Origin and History for white trash
1831, originally Southern U.S. black slang.
The slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as 'poor white trash.' [Fanny Kemble, journal, Jan. 6, 1833]
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