Definition of poor white folk in English:

poor white folk

noun

  • As a mass noun or in plural Originally in the language of African Americans of the southern United States: poor white people of low social status, especially when regarded as uneducated or uncultured.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Port Folio. From poor white + folk, after white folks.

Pronunciation

poor white folk

/ˌpʊə ˈwʌɪt fəʊk//ˌpɔː ˈwʌɪt fəʊk/