white trash

noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a member of the class of poor whites, especially in the southern U.S.
poor whites collectively.

Origin of white trash

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for white trash

white trash


  1. poor White people living in the US, esp the South
  2. (as modifier)white-trash culture
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Word Origin and History for white trash

white trash


1831, originally Southern U.S. black slang.

The slaves themselves entertain the very highest contempt for white servants, whom they designate as 'poor white trash.' [Fanny Kemble, journal, Jan. 6, 1833]
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