[ hav-not, -not ]
/ ˈhævˌnɒt, -ˈnɒt /


Usually have-nots. an individual or group that is without wealth, social position, or other material benefits (contrasted with have).

Origin of have-not

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for have-not

  • He was so frightfully tired of life and its struggles; tired of being a Have-Not.

    The Lee Shore|Rose Macaulay
  • On top of that handicap was another; the have-not nations were so far behind economically that they couldn't get going.

    Black Man's Burden|Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • And all the attendant causes for race wars, nationalist wars, and have-not wars would crop up.

  • Africa is and has been throughout history a have-not continent.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth|Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for have-not



(usually plural) a person or group of people in possession of relatively little material wealth
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