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poor white

noun Usually 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.
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Origin of poor white

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for poor white

Historical Examples

  • Then she looked at all three combatants, like a poor-white Solomon.

    By the Light of the Soul

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Mrs. Addix was of the poor-white race, like the Manns—in fact, she was distantly related to them.

    By the Light of the Soul

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Mounting the captured horse, Howarth rode off in the character of a "poor-white" farmer come in to do his marketing.

  • Big yawning cracks in cold weather were in a way the hall-mark of poor-white cabins.

British Dictionary definitions for poor white

poor White

  1. 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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