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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
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was not even a wild dream that white-trash Lincoln would be elected.

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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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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for white-trash

white shoe

adjective phrase

(also white-shoe) Having the attitudes, appearance, etc, of the Ivy League: Do I look white shoe?/ a Harvard-educated bluestocking who practiced white-shoe corporate law

noun phrase

A typical Ivy League student

[1980s+; fr the white buckskin shoes that were part of that student's dress]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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