poor white

nounUsually Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. 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

Words Nearby poor white

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How to use poor white in a sentence

  • But the poor white would invite me into his shanty, and treat me as well as was in his power.

    Tramping with Tramps | Josiah Flynt

British Dictionary definitions for poor White

poor White

  1. 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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