poor white

noun Usually Disparaging and Offensive.

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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poor White


often offensive
  1. a poverty-stricken and underprivileged White person, esp in the southern US and South Africa
  2. (as modifier)poor White trash
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