1868, from low (adj.) + class (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for low-class

Contemporary Examples of low-class

  • Some of the funniest bits in the play occurred when Kanye acknowledges its own low-class, low-budget nature.

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    Kanye’s Musical Down Under

    Ingrid Kesa

    September 11, 2011

  • They have spawned an Italian version of their low-class reality TV train wreck called Tamarreide.

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    Italy’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Spinoff

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    June 17, 2011

Historical Examples of low-class

  • It was a low-class paper, and the charge was a badge of honour.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • It's the other woman-lover—the prevaricating, sly, low-class, amorous cuss!


    Joseph Conrad

  • They were rather common in low-class districts such as this.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Low-class music halls, ballet dancers, prize-fighters and the like.

  • Low-class females, emigrants and the like, cave in quickly; they are the shriekers.

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    William Clark Russell